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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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Solicitor who 'broke any law that was convenient' struck off

The two partners of East London firm Freeses have been found guilty of misconduct. The charges included overcharging, improper transactions, failing to comply with solicitors’ account rules, failing to pay counsels’ fees and working without practising certificates. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found Jonathan Freese of Freeses Solicitors, 44 Artillery Lane, Stepney, guilty of 12 charges […]

Law Soc seeks OFT fees probe

The Law Society is to ask the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to consider if the three law firms involved in Hambro Countrywide’s in-house conveyancing service are acting in an anti-competitive manner by jointly offering a flat fee of £350. The society said it was not reporting Eversheds, Shoosmith & Harrison and Middlesex firm EDC […]

Putting freedom of choice under the knife

Court-ordered obstetric intervention is a licence to abuse vulnerable patients and sets a dangerous precedent for future cases of treatment refusal, says Barbara Hewson. In the early hours of 20 February 1997, the Court of Appeal ordered a woman to undergo Caesarean surgery against her will. The reasons for the ruling have just been released. […]

Workers in search of a watertight case

The plight of a group of Swan Hunter workers from Tyneside, made redundant in the wake of the shipbuilding firm getting into difficulty, will be considered by the Law Lords. The case will focus on important points concerning the level of consultation necessary between employers and unions in the run-up to redundancy. The Swan Hunter […]

Party lawyers hit election trail

Both the Society of Conservative Lawyers and the Society of Labour Lawyers will be taking to the streets in a bid to win votes by campaigning door to door, while the Liberal Democrat Lawyers’ Association is busying itself briefing candidates on proposed changes to the legal system. James Bullock, secretary to the Society of Conservative […]

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