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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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Isma signs Perfect deal for on-line prospectuses

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Irish hit back at 'negligence culture' claims

IRISH solicitors claim they have given their business community a “bloody nose” during a media scrap over ambulance chasing allegations. The Law Society of Ireland has accused the Irish business community of fostering a “negligence culture” in an effort to counter claims that no win no fee rules are encouraging spurious compensation actions. The society […]

Scottish law snubbed by Parliament, say Lib Dems

WESTMINSTER has treated Scottish law with contempt by ignoring its uniqueness, according to the Liberal Democrat Scottish leader Jim Wallace. Speaking at a lawyers’ fringe meeting during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Wallace said a new Scottish parliament would end 300 years of neglect of its legal system. Earlier the conference had endorsed joint […]

DTI adds its voice to India licences row

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry is calling a special meeting this week to discuss the crisis facing foreign lawyers in India. Officials will meet law firms on Friday to discuss how to ease the situation for foreign firms with offices in India. The Law Society has also been invited to attend. The move comes […]

A short lesson in history

I do not wish to open a Second Front by arguing with both The Lawyer and the Bar Council but Tulkinghorn is wrong in assuming last week that I confused the military strategies of Hitler and Stalin in the battle for Stalingrad. On 23 November 1942, General von Paulus, commander of the German Sixth Army, […]

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