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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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Firm sues for libel over fax

West END solicitors The Grangewoods Partnership is suing another West End law firm for libel damages over an unsigned fax. The Grangewoods Partnership has issued a High Court writ claiming libel damages from the 31-partner Forsyte Saunders Kerman of New Cavendish Street. Grangewoods claims Forsyte sent it a libellous, typewritten, unsigned fax on 23 August. […]

Royal tussle

The High Court is set to become the stage for a battle between two wealthy Arab rulers. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamed al-Thani and his father, Sheikh Hamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, are reported to be on course for a major courtroom confrontation in London over billions of dollars of state money which Sheik Hamed claims his […]

Simmons pair chosen to teach eco law to Russians

Simmons & Simmons environmental law partner Stephen Tromans and associate James Fitzgerald are to fly to Russia in October and November to train its government lawyers in international environmental law. The Russian Federation is reviewing its environmental legislation in order to try to make it compatible with EC and international environmental law. As part of […]

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Ian Walker, vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil), has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Apil’s US equivalent. Walker, of London firm Russell Jones & Walker, has been elected for a three-year term and will serve with Michael Napier, elected last year as […]

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