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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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CMS Cameron McKenna has announced its partner promotions with eight UK lawyers being made up in global round of 34 appointments across the CMS network. The UK firm is promoting real estate lawyers Danielle Drummond Brassington and Ashley Damiral, capital markets lawyer Michael Cavers, energy expert Olivia Quaid, pensions specialist Dominic Harris and disputes lawyer […]

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Another media win, but cases will turn on their own merits even if the Reynolds privilege is repealed The recent Supreme Court judgment in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd upheld the right of the media to publish unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against a serving police officer. This apparently startling proposition belies a rather more subtle […]

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JCHR slams Ken Clarke’s ‘secret justice’ proposals

A report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has condemned the Government’s ‘secret justice’ proposals, claiming they are a “radical departure” from British legal principles. MPs sitting on the JCHR have attacked Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s Green Paper, which proposes extending the use of closed hearings to civil proceedings and inquests to allow […]

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Supreme Court on hunt for ‘exceptional’ candidates to succeed Phillips SCJ as president

The Supreme Court has began the hunt for a new president, with incumbent Lord Phillips set to retire on 30 September. Judges with “social awareness” are wanted for the £215,000-a-year top job at the highest court in the UK. The court is now publicly advertising the opening, with its selection commission saying it is “anxious” […]

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