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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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The Law Lords have given leave for appeals on behalf of victims and relatives of victims of the Indian Airlines Airbus crash at Bangalore, India, in 1990 in respect of a dispute over where the claims should be heard. In April last year the Commercial Court dismissed an application by Airbus Industrie to confine the […]

Regis rolls on as Betts takes reins

The Law Society has agreed to spend up to £2.5m more on the troubled Regis computer project, as well as to appoint a further 61 members of staff. The allocation of funds for phase four of the Regis project, now called Road (Regis Office Automation Development), was passed with little debate by the society council […]

European Court casts doubt on TUPE law

The TRANSFER of undertakings law has been thrown into confusion following a European Court opinion which suggests that the employment obligations binding on one contractor may not be passed on to a successor. The recent opinion by Advocate General La Pergola at the European Court of Justice, that a changeover of contractors is not necessarily […]

Blair in bid to raise debate on court fees rise

Tony Blair has stepped into the debate over the Government’s decision to increase civil court fees by employing a procedural device to get the issue debated in Parliament. It is, however, highly unlikely that the Labour leader will be able to use the device, known as “laying a prayer”, to force a vote on the […]

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