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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: Civil Justice Council looking likely

Practitioners and the Law Society scent victory in their push for a Civil Justice Council to implement Lord Woolf’s reforms to the justice system. It is believed Lord Mackay will announce he is prepared to go some way towards implementing such a body during the report stage of the Third Reading of the Civil Procedures […]

Denton Hall scoops satellite contract

LAWYERS at Denton Hall are celebrating winning two high-tech contracts concerning satellites and pornography on the Internet. The firm advised the US satellite company Intelsat on setting up regional support centres in London, Singapore and Bombay, and the practice hopes to win more work from it. Meanwhile, two of Denton Hall’s Internet lawyers have been […]

Doctors alerted by pill test case

A major question mark has long hung over the potential side effects of oral contraceptives, which have been blamed for a variety of long- and short-term ailments. Despite this, a major personal injury test case against a doctor who prescribed the brand of contraceptive pill called Logynon has ended in defeat for the claimant. The […]

European guidance

Lawyers hoping to practise in another European jurisdiction can take advantage of a new web site, explaining to what extent they can rely on their existing qualifications. The site, developed by Dr Julian Lonbay, of the University of Birmingham’s Institute of European law, gives details of each member state’s aptitude test, national regulatory bodies and […]

Amhursts transfers its Italian interests

Amhurst Brown Colombotti has transferred its Italian law department to an Italian firm following the retirement of its Italian law specialist. Studio Legale Sutti of Milan has taken over the department formerly led by Salvatore San Marco, who was with the firm for 25 years. Amhursts senior partner Carlo Colombotti said an Italian firm would […]

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