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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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John Malpas reports A chambers widely regarded as the leading tax set in the country has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Gray’s Inn Chambers held a reception at the British Museum earlier this month to mark what has been a highly successful first 30 years for the set. Gray’s Inn Chambers boasts four silks out […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jacqueline Bore

Jacqueline Bore is a solicitor at City firm Theodore Goddard. She switched from the medical profession in 1990, after working as a GP in London. Born in Hull in 1958, she now lives in Blackheath, London. What was your first job? Au pair in Fontainbleau near Paris and Alpe d’Huez. What was your first ever […]

Scott casts 'no doubt on my integrity' says Lyell

Lawyers have featured prominently in Sir Richard Scott’s report on arms to Iraq. The Government’s top lawyer, Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, faces daily calls for his resignation as a result of his role in the Matrix Churchill trial. Scott criticises Lyell for advising Ministers they had a duty to sign Public Interest Immunity Certificates […]

In brief: Hammond Suddards

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