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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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Wragge & Co has launched an advertising campaign in a bid to tempt clients away from City litigators. The series of four adverts, extolling the virtues of the 17-partner, 110-lawyer strong litigation department, will appear in the business press over a four-month period. Developed by Vivarini Advertising, the adverts use cartoons making fun of lawyers […]

Work begins on UK and Japanese legal alliance

A steering committee has been established to set up a bilateral British-Japanese law association. Denton Hall partner Richard Playle, who is on the committee, said that the association aimed to encourage greater understanding between the two legal professions. He said it was hoped that the group would encourage training and education initiatives as well promoting […]

EOC prepares for in-depth equality legislation revamp

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is set to carry out a major review of the 20-year-old Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts. It wants the Government to replace the two acts with a single statute, which it hopes will clarify equality laws. The chief legal adviser at the EOC, Alan Lakin, said that the that […]

Fee earning no longer seen as primary driving force behind US lawyers' pay

A survey of US firms has shown for the first time that hours billed is no longer the key factor in determining what they pay their lawyers. The survey of 195 US firms, which was conducted by the publishing arm of legal consultants Altman Weil Pensa, reveals that they now believe that the ability of […]

Cooking up City practices

There are now nearly 60 US law firms operating in central London, employing among them a total of 439 fee-earners. If you put them all under one roof, they would form the 15th largest firm in the country – larger than Addleshaw Booth & Co and closing in on Nabarro Nathanson. No one can argue […]

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