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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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Judge reprimands MP for refusing brief

A barrister who refused a brief to vote in the Commons has been reprimanded by the Court of Appeal. However, the court quashed a three-month suspension imposed by the bar on Labour’s Wirral West MP, Stephen Hesford, saying it was “wholly disproportionate”. The penalty was handed down by the bar disciplinary committee after Hesford, of […]

Mike Davies writes on the Commercial Agents Regulations

Mike Davies is a partner at Veale Wasbrough. The Court of Appeal case of AMB Imballaggi Plastici SRL v Pacflex Ltd tackled a difficult situation for agents and principals. The issue was whether Pacflex was an agent within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. AMB was the Italian manufacturer of food […]

A law unto themselves

In our first look at the figures who shaped the legal millennium Alan Hyman reveals the story of 19th Century New York legal team Abraham Hummel and Londoner William Howe, known as Eagle Abe and the Weeper, who became heroes of the criminal set and the bane of the establishment. As we approach the end […]

Don't judge CC merger before results are seen

There are always going to be casualties and malcontents in mergers on the scale of that between Clifford Chance, Rogers & Wells and Punder Volhard Weber & Axster. Rogers & Wells has lost six partners this year, and though some of these departures are for personal reasons, it is still a high number for an […]

Millennium appeal to be rushed through

Roger Pearson reports on a last-minute hearing hoping to clear the way for the funding of a millennium park in Liverpool. The start of an appeal expected to last two days has been set for 25 August in one of the fastest cases to pass through the courts recently. The case involves a last-minute bid […]

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