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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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Quorum makes acquisition to improve service quality and broaden range

Quorum Litigation Services’ acquisition of Information Scanning Services (ISS) in Aldershot was not just a case of buying a company because it liked its service. Quorum UK director Kelvin McGregor-Alcorn says the purchasing of ISS from the Headway Technology group is part of a strategy to broaden the US group’s range of services, both to […]

Kienzle shows legal market commitment

Over 60 law firms attended the Kienzle Solicitors User Group annual meeting and conference in Reading. Delegates “were impressed by the commitment of the group to the legal market,” says user group chair Andrew Priest, finance director of Davies Arnold Cooper. Kienzle says its ARISTA practice management system had over 40 new law firm users […]

Ogden case brought forward

The case of solicitor Howard Ogden, who is facing disciplinary proceedings, will be heard sooner than expected following the suicide of former client and alleged mass murderer Frederick West. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau confirms that the date for Ogden’s hearing is likely to be brought forward from November. The Gloucester solicitor is accused of attempting […]

Care centres meet with approval

Family lawyers have welcomed the opening of nine new care and family hearing centres. Eileen Pembridge, chair of the Law Society’s family law committee, says waiting times have been growing and travelling has proved a problem in some areas. The Lord Chancellor’s Department decided to increase the number of nominated County Courts after a review […]

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