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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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Denton Hall tackles overseas screening of Premier League

Lawyers this month finally completed six months of three-way negotiations to sell the English Premier League’s overseas television rights – just in time for the start of the 1998/99 season. Although the deal to sell the rights to French pay-tv company Canal Plus for £100m over three years was announced back in January, Denton Hall […]

Sets that are safe as houses

At the Bar, there are probably less than 40 barristers who specialise in landlord and tenant law, and another 40 or so for whom it represents a substantial part of their practice. There is no specific Bar association or Bar Council committee for them – those who act in this field are often found under […]

Two more aviation specialists take off from 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation set 5 Bell Yard has lost two more aviation specialists, bringing the number of departures this year to five. Andrew Lydiard joined rival set Brick Court Chambers last week while aviation specialist Philip Reed is joining Norton Rose’s commercial litigation team this week. In February Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah went to […]

Law Soc set to lose power over asylum advisers

Home Secretary Jack Straw is to release a “radical” White Paper on immigration this month. It is expected to include proposals to strip the Law Society of its powers to regulate solicitors dealing with immigration cases. The Home Office paper is also expected to include welfare plans for asylum seekers, increased powers of detention and […]

Recommendations from the regions

Matheu Swallow spotlights the regional barristers who attract praise for their specialist knowledge and tracks down the chambers favoured by provincial firms. The regional Bar is not particularly strong in the area of landlord and tenant work. Regional solicitors do a lot of work in-house and only turn to counsel when they do not know […]

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