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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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Prepare for countdown

Regulatory deadlines are looming. Are the professions ready to meet them? The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales has played down suggestions that its membership has been slow off the mark in seeking authorisation to conduct financial services in time for the 1 July deadline. Product providers have expressed concerns that fewer accountants […]

Building and Engineering Contracts: A Construction Practitioners Guide

Solicitors in Dundee are hanging their heads in shame. A law library at the court has had to be moved to a more secure home in the University of Abertay because so many books were being either lost or not returned. It was felt the electronic tagging system at the university library was the collection’s […]

Law Society loosens grip on college

TIES between the Law Society and the College of Law may be loosened if council members approve a proposal to relinquish Chancery Lane’s stronghold on the college board. The proposal, put forward by the society’s strategy committee, will go before council at this Thursday’s meeting. If passed it will mean the council will give up […]

Eyes down for election outcome

THE EAGERLY awaited Law Society election results were due to be announced on Monday, the day of the count. Politically minded lawyers will have noted the comparisons between the Law Society poll and the trifling affair of the Tory leadership battle. Parallels even extend to right-wing claims on the day of the Westminster count that […]

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