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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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National Lottery Commission: Advised by Treasury solicitors on constitutional matters, while Lawrence Graham advised on commercial issues and took responsibility for assessing the two bids. After losing the High Court case over its treatment of Camelot’s bid to retain control of the Lottery, the commission dumped its former Treasury solicitor advisers in favour of Freshfields […]

The law is an ass

These pages have been dominated recently by (male) lawyers making optimum use of their time by continuing to work even when relieving themselves. Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember the partner at a top 20 firm who regularly makes calls from his mobile while on the toilet, often to his longsuffering secretary, who has reported […]

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Spring Group disposes of Spring Education and Spring Skills to Protocol Associates, backed by Bridgepoint Capital, for a cash consideration of £71.9m. Spring Group represented by Gouldens (Hilary Winter). Protocol advised by Linklaters & Alliance and Fenners.

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It does not seem like only five months since the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated, with much fanfare, into our domestic law. To a commercial or other civil litigator, human rights have already become a familiar feature of the legal landscape because of the number and variety of human rights points that have […]

Law Society acts on threats by Government

The Law Society is creating a compliance board to oversee its complaints procedure in response to threats from the Government to set up an independent supervisory body. Up to half of the board will be lay members appointed by the Master of the Rolls. The board will work on regulatory issues, including any problems with […]

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