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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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Political turkey comes home to roost

It is now five months since changes were made which limit the rights of silence. Solicitors are left with the problem of advising suspects about an uncertain and complex new law. The Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee has published guidelines which set out the circumstances in which a court should not penalise a silent suspect. […]

In brief: Top job open for review commission

Advertising has begun for the post of chair for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the new body set up by the Government to consider alleged miscarriages of justice. The commission will take over the functions of the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, investigating possible miscarriages in criminal cases and referring […]

Litigation Writs 12/09/95

Wakefield City Council has issued a High Court writ against Gordon Eccles, of Kinsley, Wakefield in a bid to ban him from holding markets within six miles of markets run by the City Council at Hems-worth and South Elmsall. Writ issued by Sharpe Pritchard, agents for the City Council. CH 4182. A 74-year-old Solihull man […]

Teams line up in Welsh Water's bid for Swalec

Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith were in pole position in the £872 million Welsh Water bid for Welsh regional electricity company Swalec. The bid was delayed to coincide with the latest valuation of the National Grid. Swalec is one of the 12 regional electricity company (REC) shareholders in the grid, the sale of which […]

In brief: Wilde Sapte hosts seminar with US firm

Wilde Sapte is hosting two joint seminars with the British-American Chamber of Commerce and leading US law firm Epstein Becker & Green. The first seminar will be in Wilde Sapte’s London offices on the 18 September, the second in New York on 11 October. Issues to be discussed at the first seminar are jury trials, […]

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