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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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CLOISTERS Chambers is the first London set to open for business in Manchester. The opening of premises in St John Street makes the chambers, headed by David Turner-Samuels QC, the latest in a wave of provincial moves by London sets. “We’re getting more and more work from the big cities of the North,” senior barrister […]

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South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has won the tender to act for the HM Customs and Excise (C&E) property portfolio in England and Wales. The firm will undertake mainly commercial property and related litigation work. The contract lasts until March 1998. The firm’s volume of work will increase in April 1996 as the C&E […]

Lawyers volunteer for violence hotline

A TEAM of family lawyers is offering support for victims of domestic violence. The 17 solicitors, from Welsh firm Hugh James Jones & Jenkins, are running the UK’s first free legal 24-hour helpline for victims. The lawyers have been trained by the Samaritans to handle the calls and take it in turns to go on […]

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Durnford Ford faces u8 million theft charge as case goes to trial

STRUCK-OFF solicitor Graham Durnford Ford will defend himself against Serious Fraud Office charges of stealing u8.5 million from his clients – including the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – in a trial due to start this week. The trial will be the culmination of a two and a half year investigation by Sussex police […]

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