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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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Wave of marketing moves hits City

MARKETING managers in the City are at the centre of a wave of job moves involving at least seven firms. And the spate of new marketing appointments seems likely to continue as practices which have lost their marketing directors, including SJ Berwin & Co, attempt to entice people away from other firms. Some observers comment […]

Marsons homes in on Woolwich housing deal

THE KENT firm Marsons has won a contract to handle the sale of 500 new Woolwich building society homes. Marsons was awarded the contract for the work which was put out to tender by the building society’s subsidiary Woolwich Homes. The society’s move to outsource the work followed its earlier decision to end its involvement […]

Mixed appeal of the controlling body

The Law Society may take Lord Mackay to judicial review over financial tinkering, the Bar may grumble at his reforms, legal pressure groups may fight highly public battles against his cutbacks, but in the end his word is made law. This is partly because he is a highly determined, forward-thinking man. But it is also […]

High Court set for new Royal leak case

The High Court appears to be set for a new confrontation between the media and the law over reporting of royal leaks. A hearing is now pending in the Queen’s Bench Division for contempt proceedings over the Today newspaper’s publication of extracts from a book written by former Royal housekeeper Joyce Ann Berry (known as […]

Conference reveals fears over funding of reformsSBHD:

Government officials attending the Bar Council’s conference were left in no doubt about lawyers’ fears over government commitment to funding Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms. And barristers were told in clear terms they must develop their relationship with solicitors and face calls for dropping the refresher fee system in favour of more fixed fees. Top […]

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