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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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Tobacco case costs ruling could thwart legal aid plans

THE COURT of Appeal could derail the government’s legal aid reform plans next week if it rules that the firms handling a multi-party action against two tobacco companies are liable for their opponents’ costs if they lose. The crunch ruling, due on 26 January, is over the tobacco companies’ claim that Irwin Mitchell and Leigh […]

LCD puts brake on reforms

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is poised to make a public admission that he will not meet the tough self-imposed 1 April deadline for the implementation of his controversial legal aid reforms. The Lawyer understands that he or his deputy, Geoff Hoon is preparing to concede that only the plan to replace legal aid with […]

Litigation Writs 20/1/98

A charity trustee accused of spending £86,000 of a charity’s money on a pension for his wife and of using £41,000 of other charity money to buy five cars now faces High Court action by the Charity Commission. Graham Pattison, of Consett, Durham, and fellow trustee Ronald Morrissey, of Sherburn Village, Durham, are being sued […]

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