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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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Singing praise

Graeme Muir may not be a big-company animal but when it it comes to choosing a law firm, he is only interested in City players. Steve Hoare meets Singer & Friedlander’s legal head Graeme Muir jumped the good ship Flemings following the Chase Manhattan takeover. He had worked there for 10 years as head of […]

'DJ? I thought it meant dinner jacket'

What is the world coming to? John Major has been having it away with Edwina Currie; Lord Archer has been partying while he should have been on home leave; and possibly most shocking of all, the partners at Slaughter and May have been shaking their booties to the sounds of a ‘hip ‘n’ happenin’ DJ. […]

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Tulkinghorn would love to know the criteria law firms use when they choose the music to play to punters on hold on the telephone.Most sets of chambers opt for excerpts from classical works, which is a choice that speaks volumes about the way barristers see themselves – learned, serious and grown up.Meanwhile, some solicitors’ firms […]

Share the wealth

As share prices drop and investors look for a safer option, the popularity of European property funds is rising. Peter Fisher and Philip Harle report on potholes to look out for

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