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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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Multi-class disease action gathers strength

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In brief: Queen's Counsel applications

The Lord Chancellor has invited applications for appointment as Queen’s Counsel. The applications are open to advocates who hold, or are entitled to exercise, full rights of audience in the High Court or Crown Court. Forms and Notes for Guidance, are available from David Stobie, Lord Chancellor’s Department, Room 6.33, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kim Beatson

Kim Beatson specialises in family law and divides her working week between City practice Berrymans and Barnes practice Ashbys. Born in Sheffield, she now lives in Wimbledon. What was your first job? Selling cigarettes from a kiosk outside Sheffield Market. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,250 in 1982 (the Law Society […]

Litigation Writs 26/09/95

A Sutton woman ‘widowed’ a fortnight before she was to be married, is seeking compensation in respect of her fiance’s death. Pauline Whybrow’s fiance fell to his death from scaffolding in a building site accident two years ago. She is suing the former employers of Stuart Whybrow, SGB Services of Isleworth, Middlesex. The writ says […]

Cripps Harries Hal

Cripps Harries Hall is putting the final touches to a private banking package for clients which will include a link with a merchant bank. “This will mean that if we have clients who have a portfolio with us, they will be able to get an automatic borrowing facility,” said David Lough, head of the firm’s […]

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