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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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Edmund’s practice Greene & Greene has completed its biggest deal of the year – advising the Vitec Group on the £26.9m sale of its military spy camera business W Vinten to BZW Private Equity. Partner Chris Thomson said his firm had acted for Vinten Group, which specialises in cameras for the TV industry and the […]

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I enjoyed The Lawyer’s front page article on the commercial court working party suggestions on the use of witnesses (6 August). Doing away with witnesses in commercial cases is not fanciful. The function of a witness is to earn money for lawyers. Copying documents, drafting proofs of evidence, late working, interminable meetings – all rack […]

Intellectual property quartet is reunited at Charles Russell

A team of four media and intellectual property lawyers, who were split up when their London firm was swallowed by Eversheds, have joined Charles Russell after getting together to make pitches to four firms. The four worked together for three years at Jaques & Lewis, but split up when it became Eversheds’ London office. Two […]

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Rashpal Singh, admitted 1986, practising as R Singh & Co, Leicester, struck off and ordered to pay £2,379 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to act in best interests of building society clients; acted in circumstances where conflict of interests arose between building society clients; delayed or failed to complete conveyancing transaction; failed to supervise […]

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