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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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Attorneys do battle over LSC cuts

“Freedom, justice, liberty: without lawyers they’re only words” – a grandiose but relevant theme for the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Florida last month. Relevant because justice and liberty for America’s poor, Hillary Clinton, the US President’s wife, argued at the convention, is coming under increasing threat from cuts to the Legal Services Corporation, […]

In brief: A&O senior partner on financial panel

Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has been appointed as one of the three new members of the Financial Law Panel, the Bank of England and Corporation of London-sponsored body which identifies problems and anomalies in the operation of existing financial law. The other two new members are Michael Crystal QC and Bernard […]

Dutch dabble in City set-ups

Historically, Dutch firms have been reluctant to set up in London. But this view has changed with two firms – Nauta Dutilh and Trenite van Doorne – opening offices in the past six months. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek was the first to arrive in the UK when it set up six years ago – and […]

Ombudsman prompts EC U-turn

British law firms have claimed the first successful use of the European Ombudsman in a complaint against the European Commission. A complaint lodged by the Legal Services Group (LSG), an alliance of five regional UK law firms with a joint office in Brussels, was the first the newly-appointed European Ombudsman Jacob Soderman ruled admissible, his […]

Can the Law Soc learn from PACH?

The Bar Council must be delighted with the success of PACH, its centralised system for processing applications for pupillage. Some 85 per cent of chambers chose to take part in the scheme and 1,700 students, who each made only one application on disk naming up to 20 chambers, are currently being matched with compatible sets. […]

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