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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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Poor may be disadvantaged by legal aid block contracts

The qUAlity of legal advice for the poor could nose-dive if block contracting proposals for criminal legal aid work are introduced, warned a top US specialist. Addressing the Law Society of Scotland conference on crime and punishment last Monday, Robert Spangenberg, chair of an American Bar Association ad hoc committee on criminal defence, said proposals […]

In brief: LawNet and Sifa co-operation move

National law firm network LawNet has completed a mutual co-operation agreement with Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice. Under the agreement, the two organisations will work together to develop new projects and promote the development offinancial services. Sifa, the law firm financial services network, will give free training to members of LawNet.

Channel Isle crossing for Wedlake Bell partner

A large slice of Wedlake Bell’s client base has been shipped across the English Channel with the appointment of Quentin Spicer as senior partner of the firm’s Guernsey office. Spicer, a commercial property lawyer, transferred from Wedlake’s London office last week to replace Michael McKean, who opened the Guernsey office in 1986. McKean will remain […]

A helping hand for the disabled

The problems and frustrations that arise when the law is called in to help those who cannot help themselves have seldom been better illustrated than in a recent High Court action. And one message comes from the winning legal team – lawyers who fight for the needs of the ill and disabled must be tough […]

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