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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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Opinion

Moy v Pettman Smith should provide comfort to those advising clients at the ‘door of the court’ David Moy fractured his leg playing football and instructed solicitors Pettman Smith to claim against the health authority for negligence following an operation. The health authority admitted liability, but medical evidence supporting Moy’s continuing disability and its cause […]

Herbies gets £10m for DTI advice

Herbert Smith has racked up almost £10m in fees after advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the launch of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The firm pitched against a number of City rivals to scoop the two-year contract to advise the DTI on issues including the contractual framework needed to be put […]

IFC pushes Eastern Europe ADR

Financing has been secured for a new international programme creating 10 alternative dispute resolution tribunals in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro over the next four years. Financing has been secured for a new international programme creating 10 alternative dispute resolution tribunals in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro over the […]

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Opinion

Moy v Pettman Smith should provide comfort to those advising clients at the ‘door of the court’ David Moy fractured his leg playing football and instructed solicitors Pettman Smith to claim against the health authority for negligence following an operation. The health authority admitted liability, but medical evidence supporting Moy’s continuing disability and its cause […]

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