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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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US firm completes Taiwan merger

The Taipei office of Seattle-based litigation boutique Preston Gates & Ellis has merged with Taiwan Commercial Law Offices (TCLO), with effect from 1 January 2005. The combined office, which will include 20 lawyers will be headed up jointly by TCLO managing partner Christina Yang and Preston Gates partner James Chen. Commenting on the merger Yang […]

The web: let your clients tap into you

A large number of smaller law firms still do not have a website. Margaret Manning reports on how to use this marketing gift horse to the best possible effect During the recent project to redesign the Law Society’s website, the internet development business Reading Room became aware of how few lawyers actually have a website, […]

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The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) is lobbying for two changes to the Scottish legal system. In a recent submission to the working group for research into the legal services market in Scotland, CIPA called for interested parties to be allowed to make an application for rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation […]

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Tulkinghorn, as the saying goes, kids you not. The depths to which firms will sink to get publicity just got lower, the cheesiness of marketing ideas just got smellier. And it’s all thanks to Welsh powerhouse Leo Abse & Cohen. It actually almost hurts to type these words, but here goes: the firm has had […]

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