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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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In brief: Sixth insolvency practitioner licence

Sinclair Roche & Temperley solicitor David Middleburgh has obtained his licence to act as an insolvency practitioner – only the sixth solicitor in London to take the title since the qualification criteria were tightened in 1989. Middleburgh, a commercial lawyer, has extensive experience of advising on corporate insolvencies, particularly on an international level.

Australian firm signs A&O's Walls

AUSTRALIAN practice Allens Arthur Robinson has appointed Allen & Overy lawyer Duncan Walls to head its London office. He will replace the current managing partner Jim Dunstan, who has run the London office for the past three years. Dunstan is returning to Sydney in March to run the banking department of Allen Allen & Hemsley, […]

In brief: Top job open for review commission

Advertising has begun for the post of chair for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the new body set up by the Government to consider alleged miscarriages of justice. The commission will take over the functions of the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, investigating possible miscarriages in criminal cases and referring […]

Homing in on the Web

Helen Sage reports International law firm Allen & Overy launched its own World Wide Web ‘home page’ on the Internet last week. Clients will be able to access information on legal services, current events and Allen & Overy publications. To complement the new service, the firm is producing a booklet for clients, called New Methods […]

Courts braced for budget cuts

CASH-STRAPPED magistrates courts face severe cost-cutting, redundancies and consequent damage to their service, if this autumn’s budget is as bad as predicted. Members of the Justices’ Clerks Society (JCS) say they have been tipped off by senior figures in the Lord Chancellor’s Department about spending plans. They say reduced spending could add further problems to […]

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