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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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Surveillance prompts Commons debate

VETERAN Labour MP Tam Dalyell has tabled a parliamentary question to probe the extent to which lawyers are subjected to surveillance while interviewing defendants in prisons. Dalyell agreed to table the question following an approach by the criminal barrister Jonathan Goldberg QC, head of chambers at Three Temple Gardens, who has discovered that interviews between […]

Technology seminars

Technology for Business is holding seminars to discuss the use of IT within law firms. The company will demonstrate its case management and voice recognition systems on 27 February in London and 20 March in Ipswich. For details of these and other seminars around the UK, call 01932 781120.

In brief: Government sentences Bill defeat hailed

The government defeat on the Crime (Sentences) Bill in the House of Lords last week has been welcomed by the Penal Affairs Consortium as striking “a blow for fairness and justice in sentencing”. Opposition amendments giving judges discretion to set aside mandatory minimum sentences were carried by eight votes in the Lords last Thursday. Home […]

Fee rises make sense, says Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor defended the recent increases in civil court fees last week, saying that continued subsidy of the courts would “distort choices” when looking at different ways of resolving disputes. In a speech on the future of civil justice, made to guests of the Consumers Association, Lord Mackay said: “I believe that if the […]

Guide to a legal world apart

Some specialist Bar Associations, as their names suggest, are concerned with particular subjects, such as personal injuries or employment law. The Chancery Bar Association is a more broadly-based association. It represents the divisions of the work of the High Court, and has just under 800 members – about 10 per cent of the practising Bar […]

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