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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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Quality award for Lewisham

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Donns away win against US Army in Atlanta case

Manchester law firm Donns has played a part in the first successful action for compensation brought by a British soldier against the US military. The case, which took place in Atlanta, saw a Donns partner, under the unusual title of English Co-Counsel, sitting on the counsel bench. Partner Hilary Meredith was acting on behalf of […]

McKenna's lawyer gets US movie role

The Movie Picture Association of America, which represents the political, copyright and public relations interests of major studios worldwide, has selected Peter Valert, a lawyer with the Prague office of McKennas, as its official Czech representative. The MPA wishes to have stronger links with the Czech Republic following a visit by MPA president Jack Valenti […]

Courts IT bug leads to training upheaval

The £25m scheme to computerise all county courts in England and Wales by the end of the year has been delayed, disrupting a very tight Court Service schedule for staff training. The case management system Caseman is designed to issue court documents automatically and will replace the existing system of manual record-keeping. It has been […]

Conference will hear plans to halt fall in conveyancing fees

CONCRETE proposals to end the downward spiral of fees for conveyancers will be unveiled at a conference on solicitors’ property centres, according to the solicitor organising it. Michael Garson, a partner at Richmond firm Philip Hodges & Co, is expecting around 70 solicitors to attend the Defending the Residential Conveyancing Market conference, which is being […]

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