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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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Better the devil you know

As the battle over the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund continues, Shaun Pye investigates whether the insurance industry is really willing to replace it. A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s […]

In brief: Hardwicks gains partner and IBLC status

Hardwick Sallards has recruited Michael Pearson as a partner from Druces & Attlee and Andy Macrow as a senior manager from Crump & Co. Pearson was the link for Druces & Attlee’s membership of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) and Hardwicks is to replace the firm as the London representative of the consortium.

Better the devil you know

If insurance companies are happy to offer extended coverage, why not for the first £1m in coverage currently offered by SIF? A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s (SIF) survival beyond the […]

Lawyers at play

Cambridge’s Hewitson Becke & Shaw sponsored the Hornet Moth Air Race at Woburn Abbey’s recent 19th International Moth Rally. Partner Tim Richards presented the trophy to winner, Mark Miller, who won in a 1936 de Havilland Hornet Moth biplane.

One more leaves 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation barrister Giles Kavanagh has quit top aviation set 5 Bell Yard to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, bringing the number of departures from the set’s aviation group this year to six. Kavanagh, who has been with 5 Bell Yard for all of his 14 years at the Bar, will retrain as a solicitor […]

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