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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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Litigation Writs 13/02/96

Basildon man Martyn Smith who was badly hurt in a car accident is suing Helen Girling, of Ingatestone, Essex, the driver of the other vehicle in the December 1992 crash, for compensation. Smith, 25 at the time of the crash, suffered a serious lower back injury and a whiplash injury, for which prognosis is guarded […]

Barrister returns to City fold

A BARRISTER who was made redundant by Denton Hall’s planning practice in November 1994 has re-joined the firm as the number three senior lawyer in the same department. Margaret Caseley-Hayford replaces Helen Norris, who left Denton Hall for McGuinness Finch in October. Caseley-Hayford said of her move from Berwin Leighton back to Denton Hall: “I […]

City split over pensions ruling

The taxpayer may have to foot the bill for legal costs after a series of High Court rulings overturning decisions by the Pensions Ombudsman. However, City lawyers at Hammond Suddards and Paisner & Co, acting on either side in a recent case, disagree on whether a recent judgment will open the floodgates for successful appeals. […]

Howard and a chorus of judicial disapproval

IF CROWN court judge Barrington Black’s views on sentencing are typical, then the Lord Chief Justice got it spot on when he opted to greet Michael Howard’s populist sentencing reform plans with a swift counter punch. Within an hour of unveiling proposals at the October Tory Party conference to force courts to impose longer prison […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/02/96

Robert David Norman Lowe, 44, admitted 1981, practised as partner in Lester Aldridge of Bournemouth, struck off and ordered to pay £943. Allegations substantiated he had been jailed for seven months last year after pleading guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to fraudulent evasion of prohibition or restriction on the importation of indecent and obscene material. […]

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