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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Law Soc, Bar join mobility push on ‘middle class’ sectors

The Law Society and Bar Council are set to contribute to a review of social mobility led by the government’s social mobility chief, Alan Milburn. The review has been launched alongside a government white paper on social mobility. Former Bar Council chairman Geoffrey Vos will sit on Milburn’s commission. Desmond Browne QC, the current chairman […]

CC warns partners: profits will plummet by a third

Slump will see plateau partners’ payout fall below £1m for the first time in two years. Clifford Chance partners are bracing themselves for a 30 per cent drop in profitability this financial year, with plateau partners expected to pocket around £900,000 each. Last year the top of lockstep payment was £1.32m. The last time plateau […]

Herbies puts off partner consultation on top role

Herbert Smith has ­postponed a partnership consultation into the ­function of its managing partner role, instead opting to begin the process in the second half of 2009. Herbert Smith has ­postponed a partnership consultation ;into ;the ­function of its managing partner role, instead opting to begin the process in the second half of 2009. The firm’s senior […]

French law specialists set up shop in Leeds

Two former partners from the International Law Partnership have launched a firm in Leeds specialising in French law. ­Barbara Heslop and Graham Platt have set up Heslop & Platt as a boutique practice that will deal with a range of French law matters. They will be assisted by two trainees, Cedric Auchere and Helen Fullerton. […]

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