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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: Jonathan Goldberg QC

In a story last week about the Bar Council’s dismissal of all its professional misconduct charges against Jonathan Goldberg QC it was stated that Mr Justice Laws was a complainant. We wish to point out that this was not the case and the complainant was David Cocks QC. It was conceded by leading counsel for […]

Addleshaws department puts labour law under one roof

MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has announced the creation of a specialist human resources department which combines all aspects of employment law under one roof. Partner Malcolm Pike heads the new department which combines all employment, pensions and employee benefits matters. He said: “Employment law, which originally grew out of litigation, has become such […]

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Courts crack down

For most clients and for many lawyers the role of an expert witness is to support their side’s case. But courts are losing patience with this approach and consider it to be legally and professionally flawed. The problems start with three different roles the expert may be required to play. As a negotiator he is […]

Armed Forces Act

To be reviewed next year after claims of human rights violations, the Act is likely to take a new line on the courts martial system. The review will be conducted by a Commons Select Committee and, although courts martial are unlikely to be made defunct, it is accepted reform is needed. The procedure under which […]

Globalisation event

Expansion in the Far East, attracting international clients from a UK base and successfully opening overseas offices are among the topics to be discussed at The Lawyer’s upcoming conference on the globalisation of legal practice. The one-day event – ‘International Expansion for Law Firms: Responding to International Client Demands’ will be held at the Cumberland […]

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