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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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Solihull team blazes trail of care scheme

Cyril Dixon reports THE IN-HOUSE team at Solihull Council and solicitors from Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson have hammered out terms on a pioneering privatisation venture. They conducted negotiations on a contract to provide day care and home support services for the council’s social services department. Martineau Johnson acted for service providers Family Care Trust in […]

Lawrence Collins questions UK Mareva injunctions

Lawrence Collins is head of litigation and arbitration at Herbert Smith. Common sense would suggest that if proceedings are pending in one country, and the defendant’s assets are situated in another, the plaintiff ought to be able to obtain some kind of interim relief (such as a Mareva injunction) in the latter country. That is […]

LAG slams Woolf on court fees

LORD Woolf has been accused by the Legal Action Group of making a deliberate political decision to “play down” the Government’s policy of increasing court fees. The LAG describes the planned fees hike as objectionable and constitutionally suspect. It says Woolf made an implicit political decision to duck an issue likely “to provide an additional […]

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