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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: Steyn appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary

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According to Peter Heims of the Association of British Investigators (ABI), private eyes have a lot to thank lawyers for. He explains: “A private investigator is often the very last person a client would think of coming to. I think it is fair to say that about 90 per cent of our work comes via […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer QC was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1947. Based at 1 Paper Buildings in London, he is the founder of Compas, a clearing house scheme for pupils which is due to start this autumn. He lives in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. What was your first job? Labourer on a building site. What was your first […]

Sharpe's seminar

London firm Sharpe Pritchard is holding a seminar on the legal and practical implications of local government reorganisation on 25 January. The seminar has talks on assets and liabilities and finance and contracts. Speakers will include Sharpe Pritchard’s Stephen Millen and Helen Kemp, local government consultant Tom Caulcott and Local Government Staff Commissioner Judith Lovelace.

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