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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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Risk management is just one of the tactics firms could use to reduce excess insurance costs, says Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. Spiralling Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) premiums have helped focus the minds of many lawyers on the pitfalls of professional indemnity insurance (PII). In May, the Law Society Council was asked […]

No funds no defence

I fundamentally disagree with most of Mike Dailly’s article on public defenders (The Lawyer, 29 July 1997). It would take up too much space in your journal to set out my objections in full, and in any event there are many far more able than me who will want to do so. However, there are […]

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ONE of the founding principles of the Crown Prosecution Service – that lawyers should be exclusively responsible for the prosecution of cases – has been swept away by the government. Last week, the home secretary, Jack Straw, announced that non-lawyers are, for the first time, to be allowed to review files and prosecute uncontested cases […]

Hardly a film star's fortune

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 In The Lawyer, 29 July, Mr P Evans berates the payment of substantial fees to barristers who, because of their skill and intelligence, command these fees. Am I alone in thinking that the fees paid to barristers are modest when […]

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