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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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Will Slater on the need to check whether a building is a chattel. Will Slater is a solicitor with the London office of Laytons.

A recent High Court decision in Potton Developments v Thompson and Ennever dramatically highlights the importance of identifying whether the “building” on the land your client is buying is a chattel. It also serves to warn buyers that the most conventional-looking building might be a chattel, the sale of which would require express provision to […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Gardening leave must be in contract

A Court of Appeal ruling made last week means that companies can no longer assume that they can enforce gardening leave if the term is not in their employment contracts. Steve Tucker, a bookmaker, resigned from William Hill to go to a rival company, but was told he had to stay at home during his […]

Amnesty Scotland in appeal for lawyers

Amnesty International’s Scottish office is launching a recruitment drive among lawyers on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Its Scottish Lawyers Network, which is supposed to represent victims of human rights violations around the world, has been dormant for some time, according to Amnesty’s Jocelyn Cockburn. But she […]

Mishcon de Reya lays off 12 support staff

In the wake of a flood of fee earner departures, Mishcon de Reya has laid off 12 support staff from its word processing department, print room, partnership dining room kitchen and its litigation department. The firm’s head of company commercial, Kevin Gold, said the “technical redundancies” were voluntary. The moves were announced internally, when chairman […]

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