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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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Resolve dispute over mediation

The research into mediation at the Central London County Court is more interesting than your headline “Research finds solicitors hostile to mediation scheme” (The Lawyer, 4 August 1998) would indicate. You reported that many solicitors “preferred to depend on known litigation strategies rather than experimenting”. Obviously – solicitors are not a bunch of mad scientists […]

Higher PI awards for lower returns

Personal injury lawyers face a significant reassessment of claims following a landmark Lord’s ruling, writes Roger Pearson. The recent trend for Irish theme pubs will be at the centre of an important licensed industry dispute scheduled for the High Court in October. Mr Justice Collins gave Philip Cropley, director of leading West Country theme-pub chain, […]

In brief: Ashursts hires new commercial property head

Ashurst Morris Crisp has appointed Simon Cookson as its new head of commercial property. Cookson replaces Laurence Rutman, who was head of the department for the last 24 years. Ashursts has also elected Gonzalo Fernandez as a banking partner.

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