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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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Developer to sue Dibbs over alleged conflict of interest

Dibb Lupton Alsop is being sued for £600,000 over accusations it acted for both sides in a multi-million pound property finance deal. Developer Chapel and London Estates and four private guarantors are alleging in a high court claim that, in 1994, Dibbs’ Birmingham office advised both sides of a funding deal and drew up a […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

Cripps takes CPS property legal tender

Cripps Harries Hall has beaten seven firms to a Crown Prosecution Service tender. The south-east firm will now exclusively provide legal services to the CPS’ property portfolio throughout England and Wales for the next three years, with an option for the CPS to extend until 31 August 2004. Head of commercial property Michael Stevens says […]

Doctor seeks injury damages

A personal injury accident is heading for the High Court. A doctor who fell off a ladder as he climbed into his car on a garage ramp has launched a damages claim against the garage owners. Dr Andreas Angelides, 55, says he wanted to get documents from his car while it was being serviced at […]

It's been a bad week for…

Manchester firm Hamilton Ward & Co, which has been found liable to pay £6,176 compensation to former office junior Sarah Skinner, who lost her job after telling her employers she was pregnant. An employment tribunal in Manchester ruled the firm’s action of issuing her with a letter complaining about her work and threatening to sack […]

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