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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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In brief: Scots multi-party actions recommended

The Scottish Law Commission has recommended that a multi-party action procedure be introduced in the Scottish courts. Parties who opt into the group proceedings would be bound by the results on the common questions and would be liable to contribute to the expenses of the litigation. The scheme would initially be introduced in the Court […]

N&P legal office broken up

THE SIX-strong legal department of National Provincial Building Society is being broken up in the run up to its takeover by Abbey National. Last week, Eversheds announced it had recruited former head of the N&P department Tony Gartland as a salaried partner to its Leeds office. But Abbey National, which takes over N&P next month, […]

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Soanes v Medway Health Authority & anor – QBD 26 June 1996 Claimant: Joanna Soanes, 58 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant underwent mastectomy for breast cancer; subsequently diagnosed as suffering from extensive secondary cancer and treated with steroids, chemotherapy, radio therapy; claimant complained she was led to believe she only had short time left to […]

London visit improves Irish links

LINKS between the Irish Bar and the Middle Temple have been strengthened with the visit to London of a delegation of 40 Irish barristers. The visit at the end of last month featured a dinner at Middle Temple Hall hosted by the Inn’s treasurer Michael Sherrard QC and a reception at the Royal Naval College […]

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