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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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Litigation Personal Injury 05/12/95

Clark v Newham Health Authority – QBD 20 November 1995 Claimant: Caroline Clark Accident: Medical negligence at birth Injuries: Cerebral palsy resulting from blunder at birth Award: £895,000 (agreed damages) Judge: Mr Justice Waterhouse Plaintiff’s solicitors: Kingsley Napley, London Defendant’s solicitors: Wiseman Lee Douse v Smith – QBD 16 November 1995 Claimant: Michael Douse, 2Accident: […]

Lovells partner goes to Guinness

CITY firm Lovell White Durrant has lost a partner to clients Guinness. David Harlock, a partner at Lovells since 1992, will join Guinness in February next year, where he will be responsible for all the property work, some general commercial work and managing relationships with external legal advisers. “I have been doing property work for […]

Bar tackles property division

THE PROPERTY rights problems faced by unmarried cohabitants on the break-up of relationships have been highlighted by the Chancery Bar Association. At a workshop in Lincoln’s Inn, members of the association attacked the current law relating to homesharing. The session was organised by the group as its contribution to a review of the law being […]

Fixer makes way for family man

THE PRIME MINISTER announced the appointment of a new parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on the eve of the controversial Family Law Bill’s second reading. Jonathan Evans, MP for Brecon and Radnor, is stepping into his role at a stormy time for the department. Listing “family law” as one of his political interests, […]

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