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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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In brief: CRE head of litigation switches to Dibbs

Makbool Javaid has left the Commission for Racial Equality, where he was head of litigation services, to join Dibb Lupton Alsop’s human resources group in London. Javaid helped build the CRE’s in-house team and was involved in a string of high-profile racial discrimination cases, including Manchester University law lecturer Dr Asif Qureshi’s record £43,560 damages […]

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Buggins is dead

With reference to the article “Buggins strikes again in Law Society election controversy”, (The Lawyer, 3 February), the society has decided not to consider any changes to its bylaws which would prevent contested elections. The council of the Law Society will, in March, debate proposals for an informal procedure for candidates seeking election only to […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kevin Fletcher

Kevin Fletcher was born in Hull in 1947. He lives in Stockton on Tees and is a senior partner at Jacksons Solicitors. What was your first job? Making soft centres in a chocolate factory. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week when I started articles in 1969. What would you […]

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