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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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Local authorities clamber aboard the ABS bandwagon

It has taken just over two years, but for those standing patiently at the ABS bus stop for a local authority to gain a licence the wait is finally over. And predictably, two have come along at once. Last week (8 August 2014) Buckinghamshire County Council became the first local authority to gain ABS approval […]

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Nabarro’s foray into fixed-fee litigation

Fixed fees are becoming increasingly popular in the transactional world but in the wake of Jackson and the debate about third-party funders, litigators are also becoming more at home with the set-up. Take Nabarro. The firm is set to become one of the first in the UK to formally embrace fixed-fee structures for its disputes […]

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ICAEW granted authority to license ABSs

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has become the first non-legal entity with powers to regulate probate services and license alternative business structures (ABSs).  ICAEW is the accountancy profession’s largest regulatory body and the primary regulator of the ‘big four’ accountants. The institute’s new regulatory powers were granted by a statutory designation order approved by […]

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