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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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Euro disabled solicitors group established

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Seconds out for domestic violence

Roger Pearson reports on the importance of keeping within time limits when working on breaches of the Domestic Violence Act. A recent ruling by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, highlights the need for swift action when arrests are made for breaches of court orders under the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act. Lawyers […]

Libel ruling challenged

The Law Lords are considering moves by journalists Allan Piper and Clive Wolman, along with Associated Newspapers, to challenge an Appeal Court ruling striking out paragraphs of their defence to a libel claim in respect of a Mail on Sunday article. The question raised is one of great importance in journalistic circles, namely what can […]

A&O replies to Co-op's query on Galileo's bid

Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has written to the Co-op in reply to queries over the firm’s role in the Regan takeover bid. Hambros, Regan’s financial advisers, and Travers Smith Braithwaite, Regan’s lawyers, have both publicly apologised to the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) for their role in the bid, during the course […]

Stalker act is “privacy law”, says barrister

A law aimed at preventing stalkers tailing their victims is a privacy act in disguise which could used by celebrities, royalty and crooks, according to a Newcastle barrister and former Bar Council member. Neil Addison said the Protection From Harassment Act 1997, which is expected to come into force next month, will have a far […]

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