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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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Exporters air their beef about exclusion

Judgment is now pending in a case which could decide the fate of several major UK beef exporters. Mr Justice Laws has been told that the future of exporters responsible for up to 40 per cent of UK beef exports hinges on his decision in a challenge to the Government’s stance on those entitled to […]

Birmingham four go next door

John Malpas reports A BIRMINGHAM set has been hit by the defection of a quartet of criminal barristers, including one of its most senior tenants. The barristers, led by Stephen Thomas, have moved from 8 Fountain Court to its neighbour 7 Fountain Court. The defection follows the recent death of 8 Fountain Court’s long-standing head […]

In brief: MacRoberts does most deals in Scotland

A Scottish business magazine has named MacRoberts as top legal adviser in Scotland by value of deals done. The firm completed deals totalling £1.4 billion in the past six months to win the accolade from Scottish Business Insider, which surveyed lawyers, accountants and banks.

Watchdog lawyer on the move

Consumers Association senior lawyer Keith Richards, the author of the damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice, is to leave after 10 years for a newly-created in-house post at the Association of British Travel Agents. Barrister Richards becomes Abta’s first head of consumer affairs on 1 September, heading two departments – […]

Peter Bullock considers a landmark appeal ruling in IT law.

Peter Bullock is a partner in the IT department at Masons. The Court of Appeal’s judgment in St Albans v ICL is probably the most important IT law decision this decade. Three issues arise for those involved with commercial software development contracts. First, the software under consideration was undergoing development and a defect caused loss […]

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