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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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Bridging the gap

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Survival of the fittest

Is the white, male lawyer a dying breed? Law firms can be proactive in supporting minority groups and still employ according to merit, says Monica Burch Is the UK’s white, male lawyer at risk of becoming extinct? Assume that law firms are taking no steps whatsoever in relation to diversity. The profession is nevertheless changing […]

AllianceBernstein gets Axiom help

Axiom Legal, the US-based firm that pioneered a new model of seconding lawyers to clients, has placed a new recruit as interim UK legal director in asset management company AllianceBernstein. Penny Froggatt, who joined Axiom two months ago, is caretaking the UK legal team of AllianceBernstein’s broker-dealer arm. Froggatt, who came to Axiom from Lloyd […]

Reed Smith can’t hear London calling

As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm. As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm. So news that Reed Smith Richards Butler has made a trio of UK promotions from a worldwide total of 31 (www.thelawyer.com, 7 December) is sure […]

Web week

Lore law Many an obscure blog has been covered in the pages of Webweek, but Law and Magic (http://lpcprof.typepad. com/law_and_magic_blog/) might just take the prize as the most specialised yet. It does what the name suggests, mixing a discussion on environmental and IP law with the odd post on Houdini and the paranormal. It’s not […]

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