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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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An extended burden of liability

The duties of professional advisers whose clients have controlling interests in family companies can be extremely onerous when the clients want to make gifts inter vivos of part of the holding with the rest being given on death. There are many traps for the unwary solicitor, barrister or accountant caused by the unforeseen consequences of […]

Advocates with know-how

Practitioners have singled out other barristers outside the recognised professional negligence sets but who are flavour of the month. Ben Patten, at John Samuels QC’s set at 22 Old Buildings, Temple, is “quick and good on detail”, and Teresa Rosen Peacocke at Benjamin Levy’s set at Enterprise Chambers is “good on detail. A real terrier […]

Negligence specialists by close association

The mushrooming of professional negligence work has been reflected in the growth of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. With fewer than 30 members when it started in October 1990, it now has more than 550. Coincidentally, the secretary Andrew Goodman and chair Robin de Wilde QC of the association are both in the same set […]

A negligence house of cards

There may be no formalised professional negligence Bar, but our soundings of the sector have uncovered names to watch The term ‘professional negligence’ might seem a contradiction in terms. But oxymoron or not, it has been an extremely lucrative area of practice for lawyers. Unfortunately, there is also a down side. Solicitors (and occasionally barristers) […]

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