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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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Law Society lobbies Accounting Standards Board over FRS5

The Law Society president has written to the Accounting Standards Board urging clarification of new tax rules in a bid to wipe-out widespread confusion on FRS5. FRS5 Application Note G, which relates to the way profits and work in progress are calculated in accounts, was first introduced eight months ago. However there is widespread confusion […]

Separated at birth

Cushty. Quelle fromage. You know it makes sense. This time next year, Rodders, we’ll be millionaires. Etc etc. Okay, so these are all Del Boy’s catchphrases, but poor old Cassandra didn’t exactly get many of the best lines in Only Fools and Horses. Maybe that’s why she traded hanging out in Peckham for the glamour […]

Watson Burton expands North East reach into Leeds

Newcastle’s Watson Burton is poised to launch a new office in Leeds. The firm is expected to open in the city by the end of the year to initially focus on banking, insolvency and corporate work. The Leeds office will be led by Watson Burton’s head of banking Andrew Gosnay who joined the firm earlier […]

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Barristers swallow risk with more no win, no fee

Top barristers are increasingly ditching brief fees and hourly rates for riskier conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). Research by The Lawyer reveals that a number of London’s leading sets undertook up to 450 per cent more CFA no win, no fee cases in 2003-04 than in the previous 12 months. While in some cases the spurt […]

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