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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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SIF under fire for failing to settle claim for £1,000

THE SOLICITORS Indemnity Fund (SIF) has been attacked for dragging its heels over a £1,000 claim against a criminally convicted solicitor which was filed two years ago. Graham Balchin, head of professional negligence at Bolt Burdon, the Islington firm representing Nigerian immigrant Henry Adelana, said Adelana’s costs already “significantly exceeded” the value of his claim […]

Contract taken out on London lawyer

A CONTRACT has been taken out on the life of a high-profile lawyer by the clients of an opponent in court. The lawyer, a top London solicitor who asked not to be named, had to resort to bodyguards after contract killers were hired to target him, his wife and his family. He said that he […]

Clifford Chance seals deal to reschedule Soviet debt

Clifford Chance finance partners are celebrating the completion the world’s last outstanding sovereign debt rescheduling with the signing of an agreement by Russia to repay the former Soviet Union’s $33bn debt over the next 25 years. The firm’s two London finance partners, Cliff Godfrey and Andrew Yianni, have spent the past four months drafting the […]

Salvage expert looks to sink police action

The owner of a sea salvage company is challenging the police’s withdrawal of his explosives certificate, reports Roger Pearson. The rights of sea salvage companies to use explosives in their work are to form the basis for a High Court test case action. The case is being brought by salvage expert Colin Martin, who is […]

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