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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: Auditor general airs doubts on legal aid

The comptroller and auditor general Sir John Bourn has qualified his opinion on the Lord Chancellor’s Department account for criminal legal aid for the fifth year running. The National Audit Office said although there had been large improvements, in 1995-96 there were still wide variations in performance between individual magistrates’ courts which grant criminal legal […]

Human rights party makes fact-finding trip to Kenya

A delegation of three solicitors representing the Law Society’s international human rights working party has returned from a six-day mission to Kenya in support of the country’s law society. The visit was prompted following a request by the Law Society of Kenya for assistance in the face of a “great attack” against the “independence of […]

Guide by Trowers

London firm Trowers & Hamlins has produced a guide on the new provisions relating to contaminated land liabilities in the Environment Act 1995. Copies are available free of charge from: Trowers & Hamlins, 6 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3RP.

A la recherche des agents

As in other jurisdictions, private detectives in France are generally in charge of collecting, with maximum discretion, information for their clients to use as evidence during criminal or civil litigation work. However, compared to his or her US counterpart, the means of investigation available to a French private research agent, un agent prive de recherches, […]

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