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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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Troubled indemnity

It’s a blood bath out there,” says Andy Doré, regional manager at Lloyd’s syndicate RE Brown & Others, of the process of taking professional indemnity to the open market. A poor take-up, wildly fluctuating quotations, cherry-picking insurers, increasingly expensive premiums – all are complaints that have been widely voiced since the end of the Solicitors […]

Scuffle of the week

Judge Adrian Smith sent a 15-year-old girl with no previous convictions to Styal prison in Cheshire for six months after accidentally burning down a community centre. The girl, together with five other youngsters, set fire to cardboard and placed it in a bin near the centre run by the Church of England Children’s Society. While […]

Giving doctors the right treatment

There is little doubt that the recent highly publicised cases of Harold Shipman, Rodney Ledward and Richard Neale have greatly undermined public confidence in the means by which the medical profession regulates itself. The long procession of women in the Ledward and Neale cases photographed outside General Medical Council (GMC) hearings after years of suffering […]

CC advises on Govt fund blueprint

CLIFFORD CHANCE has advised the British government on its first sponsored high-tech venture capital fund to be set up in the EU – hoping to create a blueprint for other countries to follow. The £100m fund for investment in high-tech business was approved by the European Commission in July after competition commissioner Mario Monti was […]

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