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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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Death Row appeal rejected

LOVELL White Durrant partner Graham Huntley has lost his appeal to the Privy Council in a test case which may determine the fate of many of Jamaica’s death row prisoners. Huntley has been acting on a pro bono basis for a prisoner who has been on death row for “capital murder” for 11 years. Huntley […]

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MANCHESTER-based barrister Rodney Klevan QC has been instructed by alleged serial killer Fred West. Klevan, who defended former Liverpool Council deputy leader Derek Hatton, is a recorder of the Crown Court and leader of the Northern Circuit. He has been head of chambers at Manchester’s 18 St John Street since 1990. A bencher of Gray’s […]

Belfast students in discrimination case

THIRTY-FIVE final year students from Queen’s University in Belfast have started an action in the Irish High Court in Dublin against the Incorporated Law Society, the Irish State and the attorney general. They allege discrimination. The students claim they cannot become solicitors in the Irish Republic unless they sit an examination which law students with […]

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