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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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Nabarros sponsors urban conference

Nabarro Nathanson is one of the principal sponsors of the Urban Policy final conference to be held in Swansea on 10 December. The conference, staged by the Labour Party’s Urban Policy Inquiry City 2020, will include speeches from Nabarros’ partner Carl Hopkins and Labour’s deputy leader John Prescott.

Irish Bar to rule on judge ban

THE IRISH Bar Council is to hold an extraordinary general meeting next month to consider the case of the judge whose appointment plunged the country into political crisis. Former Attorney General Harry Whelehan resigned as president of the Irish High Court less than a week after his appointment. He was accused of misleading the Government […]

Making the most of interactive training

Legal training has not been subject to the same onslaught from information technology as other aspects of the business. While computer graphics are occasionally brought in to jazz up presentations, the tired trinity of presenter, flip chart and slide projector persists. Now we have an alternative for legal training in the development of interactive compact […]

Bill on cards for fast-track libel claims

The Lord Chancellor is expected to announce plans this week to introduce a bill to establish a fast-track system of handling minor libel claims outside of court. The bill will be designed to settle claims quickly and cheaply by enabling judges to fix damages in small cases.

Specialist service

Management adviser Grant Thornton has formed a specialist service for local government and health service legal departments which are currently facing competition from the private sector. The service has been established as part of the merger between Grant Thornton’s Leeds, Manchester and London management consultancy divisions.

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