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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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CFAs threaten family mediation

Mediators are warning that the introduction of conditional fees into matrimonial cases will drive couples away from mediation and into court, despite government protests to the contrary. David Hodson, vice-chairman of the UK College of Mediators and Solicitors Family Law Association and national committee member, says that the law change will discourage some cases from […]

Lawyers discover LEA withheld report on failing school

Lawyers discovered a local education authority had withheld a damning report about a failing school by tracking it down on the internet. A special needs tribunal decided a 14-year-old boy, suffering from Tourette’s Syndrome, should go to a school chosen by his local education authority (LEA) in North Somerset. The boy’s parents had wanted him […]

Eversheds to advise councils in-house

Eversheds has signed partnership agreements with Lancashire and Nottinghamshire county councils and is in the process of making a similar arrangement with Buckinghamshire. It is also in talks with around a dozen other councils. The agreement will provide the councils’ in-house legal team with specialist legal support, including training sessions, secondment and use of Eversheds’ […]

Civil servant judges put employment law at risk

When the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998 comes into force later this year, claims by employees will increasingly be hammered out under a more casual regime of dispute resolution. However, employment lawyers fear that, under the new legislation – designed to speed up and reduce the cost of employment disputes – crucial judicial decisions […]

In brief: Cripps Harries Hall

Cripps Harries Hall is the first of the top 100 law firms to achieve the professional quality assurance standard Lexcel, indicating compliance with the Law Society’s Practice Management Standards. Jonathan Denny, managing partner, says: “By gaining the accreditation as a firm we have achieved confirmation of reaching a high standard of quality.”

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