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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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Irish solicitors set to challenge threat to client confidentiality

Dublin solicitors are threatening to judicially review the Irish Minister of Justice, John O’Donoghue, for his “draconian” proposals that would force solicitors to report their clients for suspected criminal activity. The incoming chair of the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association, Hugh O’Neill, said that unless the Irish Minister of Justice’s proposal to extend the law against […]

It has been a good week for…

Former solicitor Tessa Street, who at 28 has become the first woman freeman of Oxford for 500 years. The last one was a 15th century fletcher. She now has the right to graze cattle on the city’s Port Meadow and to fish in the River Thames. Street was accepted because she had completed an apprenticeship […]

Hoon reveals IT justice vision

By Robert Lindsay. The Lord Chancellor’s deputy, Geoff Hoon, laid out the Government’s vision for a computerised criminal justice system at the Labour Party Conference last week. Hoon revealed that ministers from the Treasury, the Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Home Office and the Attorney General were meeting in order to consolidate the planning of the […]

In brief: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners – from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review – together with a formal interim review after six months – and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management […]

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