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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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Juniors: backbone of the Bar

Matheu Swallow enquires. Tomorrow’s silks are proving themselves as the juniors of today, but will the number of juniors dwindle? Good junior barristers form the backbone of the commercial Bar, and the best are quickly recognised by top firms. “A good silk is often only as good as the junior he’s leading,” says one wise […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/5/98

Vasantha Karalliedde, solicitor’s clerk, 58, of Alleyn Park, SE21, employed by Mangalagama & Co, Edgware, and responsible for conduct of professional business of firm’s clients, including conduct of litigation matters, banned from 6 January 1998 from further employment by a solicitor without written permission of Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £1,920. Allegations […]

Let the solicitor be the judge

Solicitors could soon be appointed judges in the higher courts – if new proposals are approved, reports Eileen McCabe. Eileen McCabe is a freelance journalist. Barristers in Ireland are bracing themselves for yet another attack on one of their preserves by their solicitor colleagues. The Republic’s Minister of Justice John O’Donoghue will shortly receive a […]

In brief: Entwistle to head UK Chambers of Commerce

John Entwistle, consultant at northwest firm Davies Wallis Foyster, was elected president of the British Chambers of Commerce in London last week. Entwistle was chairman of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce between 1992 and 1994, and is chairman of several private property companies.

Litigation Recent Decisions 26/5/98

Confidential knowledge when insuring third party (1) Gerling-Konzern General Insurance Co (2) Deutscher Lloyd Versicherungen v (1) Polygram Holdings Inc (2) Metropolitan Entertainment Inc: (1) Copenhagen Reinsurance Co UK Ltd (2) Chiyoda Fire & Marine Insurance (Europe) Ltd (3) Colonia Versicherung v (1) Polygram Holdings Inc (2) Metropolitan Entertainment Inc (1998) QBD Commercial Court (Tuckey […]

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