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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 COMPANY describing itself as an outdoor clerk locum service is being established in London. Terrier & Co is offering what it regards as a new service of precedent case research and listing, covering a minimum period of 10 years. There is a fixed fee of u25 for each search. Martin Osment of the firm […]

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Asda Property Holdings, advised by Brecher & Co and in Scotland by Archibald Campbell & Hardy WS, has acquired a portfolio of 28 properties in England and Scotland for u8.5m from Woolwich Building Society, advised by Church Adams Tatham & Co and in Scotland by Brechin Robb.

Psychological Services for Law Enforcement Theodore Blau

Less than six of the 400 or so names cited in the author’s index of this book will be familiar to British readers. The absence of any reference to British experts (eg Gudjonsson) is a weakness and reflects the introspection and preoccupation within the US of so much literature in this field. There is a […]

Hospital chief takes over at LAB

THE MAN responsible for the Department of Health’s overhaul of London’s hospitals is to take over the Legal Aid Board. Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the London Implementation Group, succeeds John Pitts who has led the group since it was set up six years ago. Chessells was responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Tomlinson […]

In brief: Archer to present tribunals report

The chair of the Council of Tribunals Lord Archer of Sandwell QC will present the council’s annual report this week. Speaking at a press conference at the council’s offices, Lord Archer will also outline the work of the 15-member council. The report will go before the Lord Chancellor and then be laid before Parliament.

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