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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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DAVID Nooney, the civil servant who was responsible for implementing many of the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) now-discredited organisational reforms, is leaving to join the Welsh Office. The director of corporate services’ departure was announced on the day of the publication of Sir Iain Glidewell’s review of the CPS, which calls for root and branch […]

Almagamate by the book

When merger is on the cards, Anne-Marie Piper says trustees need to focus on careful planning and expert legal advice to make the process as smooth as possible. Anne-Marie Piper is head of the charities group at Paisner & Co. Charity mergers have a lot in common with love and marriage – often the path […]

Couderts hires Holman Fenwick litigator

COUDERT BROTHERS has taken litigation partner Bridget Wheeler from Holman Fenwick & Willan and so ended a six-month search for a head of litigation for its London office. Couderts’ London managing partner Philip Burroughs said that Wheeler’s appointment “was just the start of us developing a significant litigation capability”. Until now, the firm had only […]

Rubbishing the defence of self-incrimination?

The right to withhold information on the grounds of self-incrimination is to be debated in the House of Lords, reports Roger Pearson. The rights of waste disposal companies to refuse to answer questions which could lead to conviction for environmental offences are to be probed by the Law Lords. Green Environmental Industries is to appeal […]

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