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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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Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them. Again it is 11 King’s Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is “very highly thought of”, particularly on discrimination matters. On the “flamboyant” side is Jonathan Swift who, with his “bizarre shirts”, is a bit of a showman but is […]

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The City of London’s scrivener notaries look set to become the first in the country to be accepted into the notary profession’s two international associations. At the end of November, the scriveners will know whether they have become the first British notaries to join the Brussels-based Conference of Notaries of the European Union, which lobbies […]

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Stephen Bedeau believes practitioners have a tough job ahead of them to keep up with employment legislation. Stephen Bedeau is a barrister at Sovereign Chambers in Leeds and a part-time employment tribunal chairman. A change of name and a mass of legislative changes herald the dawn of a new era for employment tribunals. The change […]

Law Society draws up charter for home buyers

The Law Society unveiled plans to speed up the homebuying process and reduce the risk of gazumping at its conference last week. TransAction 2000 – an extension of the society’s 1990 TransAction initiative – proposes that sellers must draw up draft contracts, carry out a local authority search and provide basic legal information before a […]

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