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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/07/96

Richard Ward Slocombe, 50, admitted 1972, practising at material time in partnership with Bird Franklin, Oxford, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,121 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in conduct of professional business, failed to reply to correspondence from client and from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Slocombe told tribunal he […]

Firm joins ranks of mediators

LONDON law firm Anthony Goldman has started offering mediation services to its clients in the run up to the introduction of the Family Law Bill. The practice, which has recently appointed family law solicitor and qualified mediator Kim Beatson as a partner in its family law team, rejects the idea that mediation will see the […]

Firm may sue tabloid over drugs claim

THE UK’s largest law firm Clifford Chance is considering taking legal action against The News The World over a story alleging a solicitor had been arrested for possession of cocaine after a police raid on the firm’s London offices. The story, which appeared in 24 March edition of the tabloid newspaper, has been described by […]

Lawyer calls for court reform pilot

A MEMBER of Lord Woolf’s “fast-track” working party has warned of chaos in the courts on an unprecedented scale if Woolf’s proposals on speeding up justice are not properly piloted. On 20 June, Woolf told the Association of Women Solicitors that it was “not practicable” to test the whole of the new system in one […]

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