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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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A MAN who claims he was ordered to pay an “excessive” bill for legal services after the Legal Aid Board allegedly interfered in a trial will this week lodge an official complaint against the body. Alan Brown’s firm Jim McKenzie & Co claims the LAB should have remained impartial in an action against Brown by […]

Gary Hickinbottom analyses case management proposals. BYLN:

Gary Hickinbottom is a partner at McKenna & Co. The Law Society’s report, Group Actions Made Easier, was published last week. It confirms as optimal the approach developed by our courts in treating multi-party action claims as individual actions but subject to case management techniques under an assigned judge taking a pro-active and firm stance. […]

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Is the Legal Aid Board’s flag-bearing, area number one office not a happy ship? I ask this question because, as readers may recall, there are rumours of all sorts of comings and goings (mainly the latter) in Red Lion Street. Chief target is the gossip that failure to reach performance targets is a disciplinary offence, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter is an assistant solicitor in the employment department of London law firm Fox Williams. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, in 1961, he now lives in Fulham, London.

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