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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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Headhunting continues at Pinsents as Levin joins

Pinsent Curtis has commenced a headhunting drive for its London office with the recruitment of Lovell White Durrant’s assistant solicitor David Levin as a corporate partner. The announcement of the move comes just two weeks after the firm revealed that it had poached Linklaters & Paines litigation partner, Graeme Brister, to replace Paul Downing as […]

Law centres' roadshow takes legal aid warning to grass roots

A NATIONWIDE speaking tour is being staged by the Law Centres Federation in a unique bid to highlight the organisation’s fears about the consequences of the Government’s planned legal aid reforms. In what is a first for the federation, it hopes to hold meetings at most of the country’s 55 law centres over the following […]

Bar's rights and wrongs of audience

Currently, the rights of audience of corporate barristers limit them to appearances before county courts, magistrates’ courts and industrial tribunals. This is simply an anachronism. Our private practice colleagues, together with litigants in person, enjoy rights up to and including the House of Lords. In contrast, US advocates employed by US corporations have identical rights […]

The right choice

Dianna Kempe QC has been reinstated as secretary general of the International Bar Association after something of a to-do when she was challenged for the position. The IBA Council’s overwhelming vote in her favour coincides with a groundswell of support for the woman who, had she lost, would have been out of the running for […]

Tigerish argument about safety in cages

Mr Justice Turner is being asked to decide whether keepers at a Kent zoo park, where three have been killed by tigers, should be allowed to put their lives at risk by entering the tiger enclosures. The case, concerning Howletts Zoo near Canterbury, which is owned by John Aspinall, is well dressed in legal argument. […]

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