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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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It’s hard enough being told you might lose your job as an established magic circle associate. But to be told you’re being replaced by trainees and newly qualified lawyers (NQs) is something else. This is what Clifford Chance has intimated by highlighting the context of its 13-lawyer consultation round. The proposed redundancies, it says, are […]

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Supreme Court overturns CoA ruling in Reynolds defence case

The Supreme Court has unanimously endorsed the use of the Reynolds defence, the right to claim a defence of public interest, in media cases. The ruling overturns a Court of Appeal decision handed down by the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lord Justices Moore-Bick and Moses (13 July 2010). The case concerns a […]

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As the leading foreign firms race up the value chain of the legal services market in China, they leave an expanding vacuum in their wake that the local firms have been more than willing (and capable) to fill.  While there is more than enough room in the market for both the foreign and local firms […]

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Justice secretary Ken Clarke suspected of caving in to US pressure on closed courts The debate on secret justice ratcheted up a notch last week as lawyers and journalists condemned Government proposals to expand closed hearings. Justice secretary Ken Clarke wants to alter the concept of open justice under perceived US pressure over our leaky […]

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