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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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After a storm of protest from some Tory backbenchers, the Lord Chancellor has been forced to postpone the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill. Its opponents feared the Bill would devalue the status of marriage if cohabitees were given the same rights as spouses to be protected in the home. In particular, they saw the […]

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It's not too late for a judicial inquiry

Nearly seven years after the murder of Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane, the case remains unsolved. Finucane, a highly respected lawyer whose firm was well-known for defending IRA suspects detained under emergency legislation, was in the process of challenging the UK’s derogation for the European Convention on Human Rights when he was killed. His death came […]

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Only a few weeks ago executive director of the British Overseas Trade Group Peter Stiles returned from Jordan full of excitement. He had been at the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit in Amman where the mood was optimistic and Stiles was busy laying the groundwork for a delegation of City of London businesses […]

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