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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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Bar faces calls for second ballot

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In brief: Group aims to cut waste in justice system

The Trials Issues Group has been formed to cut waste in the Criminal Justice System. The inter-agency group, launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, will oversee a number of initiatives to improve the quality of service to victims, witnesses and other court users. Projects include new-style case files, increased technology and joint performance […]

Olswang recruits systems specialist

Helen Sage reports Stephen Dreyer, a professional systems support manager, has joined media and communications law firm Olswang as director of its IT services. Dreyer’s career has spanned 13 years in senior systems management at organisations such as Andersen Consulting and Compass Software. John Akerman, managing partner of Olswang, said: “As a leading firm in […]

Lovells unites departments after changes in shipping

City firm Lovell White Durrant has reversed its decision made in the 1980s to create separate shipping and commodity departments. Since this month the two departments have been operating under one roof as the commodities, trade finance and shipping department. Partner Philip Quenby said: “In the 1980s we were seduced by the lure of specialisation. […]

Asylum seekers costs row

A challenge is now pending in the High Court to moves by Parliament to withdraw financial benefits from asylum seekers. Two London authorities, Westminster City Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council, have won the right to seek judicial review of the moves. They are challenging them on the basis that withdrawal of funding from […]

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