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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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“I am in a portacabin. It’s raining, and that is on the inside. We could put Cameron McKenna on the outside of it.” – An excited Adrian Leavey, property assistant at Cameron McKenna, explaining the responsibilities attached to his new job as the firm’s on-site team leader on a construction site.

Scuffle of the week

Jack Straw v the judiciary. Straw is ordering the UK’s 3,000 judges back to school to learn about the European Convention on Human Rights – to the irritation of many senior members of the judiciary who resent government interference in their jobs. Straw is concerned about the increasing number of European Court decisions which are […]

Howard Kennedy offers internet investment opportunity to firms

Howard Kennedy is claiming to be the first law firm to set up an investment fund for internet companies. The London firm will establish and manage the fund with a group of companies, including accountancy firms and IT consultants. The fund will finance a portfolio of e-commerce companies. The scheme’s intention is to spread the […]

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As General Pinochet looks back at a year under house arrest in London, the last thing on his mind will be the remarkable contribution he has made towards the cause of televising the courts. The various rulings by the Law Lords in his case were the first judgments by an English court to be delivered […]

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