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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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Job Watch: Scotland

As the legal profession watches Semple Fraser call in the administrators and Dundas & Wilson reports a slump in net profit it is hardly surprising that the rumour mill is abuzz with talk of the Scottish market’s demise.  The region has certainly seen its fair share of turbulence. Frasia Wright, managing director of Frasia Wright […]

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Normally it’s bad news that sells. But just for a change we’ve decided – since it’s Friday and maybe just because we’re a generous bunch at heart – to talk about the good news in the legal industry That’s right, things aren’t too bad in the UK at the moment. The Chancellor George Osborne has […]

Italy real-estate update — July 2013

The development of regulations requiring earthquake resistance in buildings in Italy has been a complicated process, often resulting from a reaction to a specific event, an approach that makes creating a legal framework difficult, but with the coming into force of Presidential Decree no. 380/2001 the rules to be followed in the construction of new […]

Changes to the regulatory treatment of closed-end funds

Closed-end funds which satisfy prescribed criteria are now classified as collective investment schemes. Under the old regime, all closed-end funds (being funds where the units are exclusively or primarily non-redeemable at the election of the holders of the units) are not subject to the regulatory regime applicable to collective investment schemes. Under the new rules, […]

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