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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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Morris swaps CMH for specialist media practice Marriott Harrison

MEDIA lawyer Tony Morris this week joins specialist firm Marriott Harrison from City lawyers Cameron Markby Hewitt. Morris, who was head of the multi-media team in the intellectual property department at CMH, believes the future for specialist lawyers is in niche practices. “It’s quite difficult to be part of a small department at a big […]

Property

Allied London properties, advised by Paisner & Co, has purchased for u10.5m a long leasehold office building Hagley House, Hagley Road in Birmingham, the vendors being advised by Edge & Ellison.

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Wm Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright has bought land for a superstore at Market St Bilston from Hunting Gate Development, advised by its legal department.

NHS trust panels view

WIN A BOTTLE The Lawyer is awarding a fine bottle of Jameson’s smooth whiskey for the best letter published on this page each week. The winner is marked by the picture of a bottle of Jameson’s. You carried an article in the 24 January issue of The Lawyer about NHS Trust legal panels. Some of […]

Law Soc rules out training cap

THE LAW Society has ruled against a cap on training places despite the glut of law students without jobs. But the matter will be kept under review due to continuing concern about the mis-match between course places and training contracts. The society’s training committee voted by a narrow majority against a cap which it describes […]

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