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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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Clifford Chance partners have re-elected Jeremy Sandelson for his second term as global head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice. Sandelson became partner at Clifford Chance in 1988, and was elected managing partner of the firm’s London litigation practice in 2003. In 2005 he scooped the role of regional managing partner for Clifford […]

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Ofcom has published a consultation on its proposals for authorising land-based, aircraft-mounted and ship-mounted Earth stations on mobile platforms (ESOMPs). Considered a solution to the problem of providing broadband connectivity to passengers on board vehicles such as aircraft, ships and trains, ESOMPs will use the radio spectrum to provide broadband backhaul links via satellite. Ofcom […]

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September’s TUC conference fixed the spotlight on zero-hours contracts. In the UK, around one million workers are employed on such contracts under which they remain ‘on call’ but with no guaranteed work. At the TUC conference, the Labour party outlined proposals to outlaw such contracts in their current form, notably to give anyone working for […]

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Year by year the London Marathon demonstrates triumph over adversity. And it doesn’t come much more adverse than this. As we report today, a trainee lawyer who also happens to be quadriplegic is taking the organisers of the London Marathon to court over their refusal to allow him entry because of his need to use […]

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