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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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Helen Power, City editor What is going on at Lovells? If things go on as they are, the City firm will end up with lower profit per partner than both DLA and Berwin Leighton Paisner. From an average of £590,000 per partner last year, the Lovells bluebloods will take home just £475,000 compared with the Northern upstarts at […]

Lovells faces crash in profits as City trumpets revenue hike

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Glazer frustrated as Man Utd board tries nipping bid in bud

Is the MUFC board’s rejection of Glazer in the best interests of the shareholders? By Helen Power The hostile bid is back. And you don’t get much more hostile than the feelings of Manchester United FC (MUFC) supporters towards Malcolm Glazer, the Flor-idian who is trying to take over the company.Glazer’s gnome-like appearance has given the […]

Australia opens indigenous work to private firms

The Australian federal government has launched a tender process for firms interested in providing indigenous legal aid services in Victoria and western Australia. It is the first time that government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia have been opened up to private law firms. The tendering process will progressively replace […]

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