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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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Foot Anstey Sargent has strengthened its media team with the appointment of Nigel Hanson, who is qualified as a lawyer and journalist. The team has also just won work from Associated Newspapers. Edwards Geldard has appointed a new lawyer to its planning team in Derby. Stuart Sugarman joins the team from Oadby and Wigston Borough […]

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The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group has elected a new chair for London. Head of legal at Interbrew, Deepak Malhotra, takes over from Anthony Armitage – who resigned in October – as the regional head for London of the Law Society’s group for in-house lawyers. Malhotra remains co-chair of the C&I Group’s corporate governance committee. […]

Clementi: the results

Sir David Clementi has today (15 December) published his long awaited report on the regulatory review of legal services. In his report Clementi made the following key recommendations. The creation of : 1. a single independent body to handle consumer complaints in respect of all members of frontline bodies;2. alternative business structures to enable solicitors […]

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