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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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A move for income support

Judgment is now pending in the Court of Appeal in the case of Ellis v Chief Adjudication Officer, in which Lords Justices Staughton, Otton and Schiemann have been asked to decide whether the Social Security Chief Adjudication Officer was wrong to hold that the appellant was not entitled to income support. The officer found that […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 22/04/97

Child abduction and the effect of a parent’s acquiescence In Re H and others sub nom H v H 1997 Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Jauncey, Mustill, Hoffmann and Clyde) 10/4/9Summary: Important decision by the House of Lords as to proof of acquiesence by a wronged parent in international child abduction cases reversing the Court of […]

Boycott legal aid pilot, says Law Society

The Law Society has advised legal aid firms not to take part in the Legal Aid Board’s green form block funding pilot project amid anger over the LAB’s handling of the scheme. Members of the Law Society’s council passed a resolution “recommending” firms to shun the scheme at a full council last Thursday. The pilot […]

Octogenarian search blunder?

An 80-year-old woman from Bideford, Devon, is heading for a High Court confrontation with Devon and Cornwall police as a result of the effects she claims she suffered after television crews were allowed to film her home being searched for stolen goods. Frances Jarvis is to sue the police, the BBC and Touch Productions for […]

Three's company for panel

Clifford Chance corporate assistant Guy Norman has been seconded to the Takeover Panel as a joint secretary for two years. He is the third member of the panel’s law team – a Herbert Smith and a Linklaters & Paines secondee are already on it. The panel chooses from City law firms in rotation.

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