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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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Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week. The court’s annual report revealed that last year just 58 trials were heard – down from 81 trials in 2002-03. Claims are also dropping, with 1,104 claim forms issued in 2003-04, representing a drop […]

Ince pleads innocence in discrimination case

Ince & Co has been hit with a sex and disability discrimination claim from a former reinsurance lawyer who left the firm last April. Ramit Hacco-Cohn, who was dismissed by Ince & Co in April 2004 for alleged gross misconduct, claims that her former firm repeatedly failed to make adjustments for her disability and after […]

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The Solicitors Family Law Association is now known as ‘Resolution’. And with its push for collaborative law, the organisation is changing more than just its name. By Jon Robins So it is goodbye to the dusty old ‘Solicitors Family Law Association’ (SFLA) and hello to the trendy new ‘Resolution’. Why did the 5,000-strong lawyers’ group, […]

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So what could possibly have prompted the normally so intractable Lord Hoffmann to plump for such a major volte-face in Kirin-Amgen v Transkaryotic Therapies? When every angle has been considered, perused and minutely mulled, there is only one possible explanation: he has been possessed by the undead soul of that master of the macabre Boris […]

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