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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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Legal software vies for market share

MANCHESTER personal injury firm Alexander Harris has piloted a new case and practice management system, which has now been sold to London litigation firm Kennedys and launched on the legal marketplace. Altrincham-based computer supplier Jonathan Beck Associates (JBA) has been implementing its Carydan software at 28-fee earner firm Alexander Harris for the past three months, […]

Briefs

Simmons & Simmons is hosting The Solicitors’ Human Rights Group’s first annual lecture this Tuesday. The lecture, entitled “Finding your way to a human rights practice”, will be given by barrister James Behrens of 13 Old Square. Wednesday evening sees the launch of the no doubt gargantuan Legal 500 at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate.

Protecting the debtor

Anne McGrath says insolvency law reform is still high up on the Government’s agenda. The Queen’s Speech has come and gone with n’er a royal whisper of the proposed reform of insolvency law, which Secretary of State for Trade and Peter Mandleson have been strongly pushing for. But the DTI has confirmed that it is […]

Govt to ration legal aid cases

Clients seeking legal aid are at risk of having their cases turned down if Community Legal Services overrun their budget and their cases are not judged to be high priority. After the release last week of the White Paper, Modernising Justice, Hoon said: “If we start hugely over-spending on the budget we would have to […]

Fear not, the road to change is safe

The independent bar in New Zealand is thriving – proof that chambers there will survive, argues Andrew Ayres. The future of the Bar has never been more uncertain than now. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has promised to make inroads into the Bar’s monopoly on rights of audience in the higher courts, and the joint […]

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