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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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Document scanning goes live

Helen Sage reports A new document scanning service that lets users instantly retrieve live and archive material from their PC or network is launched this month by Data Scanning Services. It is the first scanning service to become available in the UK that combines a new generation optical character recognition (OCR) system with the latest […]

The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records

The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records of breaching his copyright in the jazz number Philharmonic Blues. Jacquet claims that Charly used the number on its CD Jazz At The Philharmonic – The Beginning without his consent. He is seeking an order banning Charly from producing any CDs or […]

Bidding begins for Inn's communications system

Helen Sage reports British Telecom, Mercury and Colt Telecom will all be bidding for the Lincoln’s Inn telecommunications project in the next few weeks. The first stage of the project, which involved the installation of two kilometres of ducting for the fibre optic cables was carried out during August and September and cost nearly £10,000. […]

Litigation Personal Injury 31/10/95

Merriam v Paris Construction and Peter Howlett – QBD 10 October 199Claimant: Mark Merriam, 3Accident: Plaintiff, 28 at time of accident, injured in 1987 road crash Injuries: Serious head injury consisting of depressed fracture of frontal bones of skull causing intercerebral haemorrhages – marked persisting neurological deficit including severe memory disturbance. Plaintiff has had to […]

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