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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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When it comes to technology, the starting point for most firms which conduct discrete investment business will be to fix a modem to one of the office PCs and to link up to the on-line Videotex quotations service provided by the Stock Exchange. This clearing house, established by the major product providers, helps intermediaries to […]

It's not too late for a judicial inquiry

Nearly seven years after the murder of Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane, the case remains unsolved. Finucane, a highly respected lawyer whose firm was well-known for defending IRA suspects detained under emergency legislation, was in the process of challenging the UK’s derogation for the European Convention on Human Rights when he was killed. His death came […]

Inquiry is only key to truth, says lawyer

THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane’s 1989 murder. Peter Madden is acting for Finucane’s widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is […]

Manchester firm turns on to £100,000 system

Manchester law firm Betesh Fox & Co has switched on its recently installed £100,000 computer system. The system, put in place by Solicitec Legal Systems, is a comprehensive case management system based on a database, diary system and volumes of precedent documents tailored for Betesh’s main personal injury and medical negligence departments. The system will […]

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