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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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IBA and Arab lawyers to debate Lockerbie bombing trial location

ARAB and Scottish lawyers representing the two alleged Lockerbie bombers will meet senior international lawyers at a seminar on the deadlock over the Lockerbie trial in London in September. The seminar, ‘Lockerbie: Where Now? A study of Jurisdiction and Fair Trials’, is hosted jointly by the International Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union. Ross […]

Tears for Mears as protest gives Girling a go

While Martin Mears clears his presidential desk and heads home, Richard Wachman reflects on the exit of the new broom and wonders whether those who swept him from power will get what they wanted from the new incumbent, Tony Girling “We all love Martin Mears here,” declared my solicitor recently when I stopped off at […]

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Call for Ombudsman reform

Helen Sage reports The Local Government Ombudsman would probably be found guilty of maladministration if he investigated himself, the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (Acses) has claimed. Acses president John Hartas has accused the Local Government Ombudsman of overstepping his jurisdiction in a submission which he has made to the Government’s review of the […]

Chancery Lane IT kit deal imminent

Alison Laferia reports THE LAW Society is on the verge of signing a deal with a leading computer company for the installation of its new IT package for small firms. The systems integration house, which the Law Society is not naming until the deal is finalised, will take charge of installing the society’s High Street […]

Hong Kong exodus

Patrick Sherrington has become the latest top lawyer to leave Hong Kong for the UK after eight years in the colony. Sherrington, a commercial litigation partner at Lovell White Durrant and a former vice president of the Hong Kong Law Society, has taken a three-month sabbatical before he starts at Lovells’ city office.

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