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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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Roger Smith, the Law Society’s director of legal education and training, responds to The Lawyer’s article on 5 February, “Confusion as LPC ratings are published before completion” The fruits of a comprehensive review of the Law Society’s training strategy agreed by its council two years ago are now becoming apparent. One example of this was […]

Camerons under OSS scrutiny for sex discrimination

CMS Cameron McKenna is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). A spokesman for the body says: “The OSS confirms it is looking into possible instances of sexual discrimination against two or three individuals at a large London solicitors’ practice.” Investigations by The Lawyer, however, have established that the firm in […]

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There’s a storm brewing in Spain, and if the mighty European Commission (EC) is in any doubt over whether it should pull its finger out concerning the Thirteenth European Company Law Directive, it should check out what’s going on over there at the moment. That will wipe the smirk off its collective face. It has […]

Citibank shaken by new top departure

Collins joins Adams at ABN; Citibank appoints six City firms to project finance panel; Dentons wins place Citibank’s in-house legal department is undergoing a major shake-up as its highly-respected senior counsel John Collins quits to join Dutch rival ABN Amro. His move comes only months after former colleague and head of legal Laurie Adams also […]

English Partnerships declares results of reviewed law panel

Nabarro Nathanson, Hammond Suddards Edge and DLA are among the casualties of a major panel review at English Partnerships, the Government’s urban regeneration agency. The chosen firms are Eversheds, Denton Wilde Sapte, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Warrington firm Forshaws. Firms covering niches such as the Greenwich Peninsula have still to be finalised, but are likely […]

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