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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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Romania: Project Reboot

With a stabilising political system, the outlook for Romania’s law firms is good A “coup against the rule of law” was how Romania’s president Traian Băsescu described his attempted impeachment at the hands of prime minister Victor Ponta during last summer’s clash between the country’s two dominant political forces – Ponta’s Socialists, the reformed heirs […]

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Commercial nous as important as legal skills for in-house lawyers, research suggests

The role of in-house lawyers is expanding beyond its traditional focus on legal work to include an increased focus on business issues, new research has revealed. The research, produced by legal resourcing consultancy FreshMinds Legal in partnership with the Global Leaders in Law forum, surveyed UK heads of legal and general counsel at FTSE350 and […]

Guide to buying and selling property in Jersey

Jersey’s system of freehold conveyancing has its origins in the Public Registry established by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1602. Contracts are still passed before the Royal Court of Jersey on Friday afternoons and have been written in English since 2006. When Ogier acts for the seller, it prepares a draft deed of sale for the […]

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