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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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NatWest head of legal joins Creditweb

A National Westminster Bank head of legal has joined Creditweb as general counsel. Roger Tym, who has taken up the newly-created position, was previously senior solicitor and head of retail and services legal team at NatWest, where he was responsible for the legal side of corporate banking, mortgages, insurance, card services and e-commerce. Tym says […]

Martineau Johnson opens office in City

Martineau Johnson, which has existed as a single office firm in Birmingham since 1828, is to break with tradition and open in the City. The new core office, opening on 4 September, will be headed by Edge Ellison partner Heather Leeson, a specialist in banking litigation and recovery work. She will be bringing with her […]

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With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market. Most of the concern is centred on SME-focused firms with 10 to 25 partners, a sector in which there […]

The Dream Society by Rolf Jensen, published by McGraw-Hill ISBN 0070329672

This book suffers from two problems. First, it is written by a self-proclaimed “Futurist”, and second, it talks about a “dream society”. This US book manages to combine connotations of cults with visions of new age mystics. A tad harsh maybe, but that is the culture we live in and it is that culture that […]

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