Litigation Personal Injury 7/6/99

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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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Midwife Ann Kelly (pictured left) has won a lengthy legal battle in Ireland’s Supreme Court, allowing her to continue practising. The Irish Nursing Board has waged a u1m legal campaign against her, arguing her practise of natural childbirth and belief that mothers should be able to choose the kind of birth they want, is “a […]

Scuffle of the week

Flamboyant Scottish QC and former vice-chairman of Rangers Football Club Donald Findlay stands accused of singing sectarian songs – a dangerous act in Glasgow where there is tense rivalry between Catholic supporters of Celtic and Protestant Rangers fans. Leading scots criminal lawyer Findlay, who was allegedly spotted at a post-match party singing The Sash, Follow […]

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IT lawyers. A wave of internet and e-mail related legal problems is about to hit the UK’s offices, according to a report on “cyberliability” by research group Incomes Data Services. The group warns there is a “minefield of legal hazards” in the use of electronic media. Casually written emails have been found to be legally […]

Courting international business

International courts are taking more business cases than ever before and the race is on to pick up this lucrative source of work. Matheu Swallow finds that UK firms are desperately trying to catch up with their US rivals. International litigation is booming. There has been an explosion both in the number of international courts, […]

Property

Simon Corke (right), property services partner at DJ Freeman, advised the Crown Estate on a contract under which King’s College, London will take a 125-year lease on the Grade II listed Rolls Estate, Chancery Lane. Property partner Gerald Bland of Herbert Smith represented King’s College.

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