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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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In brief: Paper adds to debate on modern legalese

Two Commonwealth lawyers, Spring Yuen Ching Fung and Anthony Watson-Brown from the Attorney General’s chambers in Hong Kong, have produced a working paper on “deconstructing legislative sentences”. It is part of a bigger project undertaken by the authors as Nuffield Foundation research fellows at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to help […]

Firms challenge LAB choice

Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action. The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board’s decision to grant generic legal aid work to […]

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Regardless of what any man may tell you, to have what you wear looked at critically by anyone is an unpleasant experience. To have your clothes evaluated by a fashion expert is terrifying. These fears, however, proved unfounded when I met Ruth Davis of the Fashion Advisory Service, whose brief was to look me over […]

In brief: Berwins conference for Israeli business

City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

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