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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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Pharaoh ups stumps for rival

Paul Pharaoh is leaving Birmingham firm Shakespeares to join a rival firm in the city, Martineau Johnson. Pharaoh joins as a partner in the education department on 10 June. He has been a partner at Shakespeares and its predecessor firms for 20 years. He will continue his work as a member of the Law Society […]

US Lawyers discuss tackling US sanctions against Cuba and anti-European legislation

US lawyers are to meet next week to discuss ways of tackling proposed new US laws restricting companies from establishing offices in Cuba and to counter legislation emerging from Europe. Joseph Griffin, a Washington-based partner with US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, will chair a conference of senior lawyers and US and UK government officials […]

In brief: Unqualified assessors move in on victims

Personal injury victims are being doorstepped by unqualified claims assessors in a wheeze designed to drum up extra business for solicitors, warned Michael Napier, outgoing president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The doorstepping approach is the latest attempt by intermediaries and marketing groups to share in potential awards to accident victims. Napier told […]

Napier bows out as threat to Mears rises

A NATIONAL campaign to oust Martin Mears from Chancery Lane received an immediate setback over the weekend when Michael Napier, the personal injury lawyers’ leader, announced he would not be challenging the president. The campaign for the Law Society presidency began in earnest last Friday with the launch of a national solicitors’ group determined to […]

Litigation Personal Injury 13/05/96

Kownacki v Metropolitan Police – QBD, 29 April 1996 Claimant: Andrew Kownacki, 31 Incident: False imprisonment Injuries: Malicious arrest; plaintiff arrested during drug raid on public house in Hammersmith, London, where he worked as barman Jury award: £108,750 – £45,000 award for punitive damages Judge: Mr Justice French Plaintiff’s solicitors: Cart-wrights, Bristol Mansfield v Bacon […]

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