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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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Germany’s elite level out as recruitment market slumps

For some years lawyers at larger firms have been wondering whether German firms can keep on growing with impunity. While there are firms with more than 2,000 lawyers in the UK, and even a relatively small jurisdiction like the Netherlands can support a number of firms with more than 300 lawyers, there was a general […]

EY bucks market trends

Ernst & Young In sharp contrast to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Landwell, Ernst & Young (EY) chose to strengthen its ties with its legal network. In June, Ernst & Young Law Alliance rebranded itself as EY Law following a lengthy strategic review. The new network, comprising more than 40 legal practices around the world, will focus […]

Access to justice hampered by court inefficiencies

Inefficient administration in court offices is hampering access to justice, according to the findings of the latest Law Society survey. The sixth Woolf Questionnaire surveyed solicitors across the UK, asking about the effectiveness of civil justice reforms. Nearly four out of ten respondents said that inefficient administration in court offices has had an impact on […]

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Ruling closes child support loophole for self-employed

A loophole that allows fathers to avoid heavy maintenance payments was closed last week, when a single mother won an appeal that could force the Child Support Agency (CSA) to reopen up to 50,000 assessments. Helen Smith, a part-time office administrator, had her child support for her three children increased under the ruling from 11.29 […]

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