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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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City firm entices Mishcons defectors

THEODORE Goddard is picking up four partners from Mishcon de Reya to strengthen its entertainment and corporate departments. Three of these partners – Paul Armstrong, Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon – were known to be leaving after a disagreement with the partnership. Armstrong, an entertainments partner specialising in film and TV work and chair of […]

Former nurses find new role in caring legal profession

A NEW association is setting out to promote the specialist skills of nurses who have entered the legal profession. Nurses in the Law Association met for the first time last week under the chairmanship of founder Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp. Rhodes-Kemp, a former nurse who left Middlesex Hospital five years ago and is now a partner in […]

Government figures show snapshot of crime in UK

ONLY 3 per cent of criminal offences committed lead to an offender being convicted or cautioned, says a report on the criminal justice system in England and Wales. However, variations occur between offences. The report says 14 per cent of woundings result in a caution or conviction compared to 1.6 per cent of vandalism cases. […]

In brief: Lowe gets Society's seal of approval

Veronica Lowe’s record as head of the beleaguered Solicitors Complaints Bureau was applauded by the Law Society Council on Thursday. Lowe stood down from her post as head of the bureau at the end of October and will leave the Law Society at the end of the year. Paul Pharaoh, chair of the adjudication and […]

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