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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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Tax lawyers attack shadow ACT rules

The Inland Revenue’s proposals for “shadow” Advance Corporation Tax (ACT) are overcomplicated and are likely to give rise to litigation, according to Francis Sandison, the Law Society’s tax expert. The society’s corporate tax sub-committee, chaired by Sandison, submitted its criticisms to the Inland Revenue last week. Sandison, a Freshfields partner, said that parts of the […]

Weightmans chief executive quits after just 18 months

Weightmans chief executive Professor Martin Read – who spearheaded its failed bid to merge with Kennedys and Jacksons – has left the firm after only 18 months in the post. Weightmans insists that Read’s unannounced departure two weeks ago was amicable and nothing to do with the failed merger talks. Read, who was unavailable for […]

Linklaters agrees to Euro-giant

Linklaters’ partnership has voted “yes” to its merger with four of the firms in the Alliance of European Lawyers – to create the largest federation of lawyers in the BAD Sources say a new French firm will be brought into the alliance to replace Jeantet – likely to be respected Paris practice Rambaud Martel. And […]

Best of the silks…

For many landlord and tenant solicitors, particularly in the larger firms, counsel are only required when time restraints prevent members of the firm’s own in-house team running the show in court. Leaders are brought in for that “extra bit of brain power” and expertise, and on questions of construction when it is not clear which […]

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