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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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Dibbs rides to Knight investors' aid

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come to the rescue of the Knight Williams Investors Action Group (KWIAG) by offering its services on a pro bono basis to help its members recover money lost through alleged bad advice. Dibbs is fielding a four-lawyer team, led by head of commercial litigation Neil Micklethwaite, and hopes to add to […]

Mistaken statistics

The response of the Society of Black Lawyers to The Freedom Association’s expose of the Commission for Racial Equality’s false claim that “Only 1 per cent of solicitors in England are from ethnic minority groups” is disappointing. The CRE did not just get the fact wrong. It chose this “fact” to illustrate the failure of […]

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Martindale Hubbells’ CD-ROM version of its international law directory is to be launched this autumn in Windows format.

The age of electronics

As an international firm, Lovell White Durrant has bank accounts with 20 different banks around the world. In the UK, banking is split between two banks, which provide us with almost all services. This allows the firm to pick the provider of each service, choosing whether we benefit from the method used to provide the […]

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