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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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Philip Leach on how an ECHR ruling will affect domestic law.

Philip Leach is legal director at Liberty. The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of McLeod v the UK (1998) places important safeguards on police common law powers to enter a home to prevent a breach of the peace. Following their divorce, the applicant’s ex-husband, Mr McLeod, accompanied by […]

Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt. The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If […]

Year 2000 Bills ran out of time

You recently published an article by Hammond Suddards referring to Y2k legislation (The Lawyer, 20 October). I think the article gave the impression that the two Bills introduced by David Atkinson MP might become law, perhaps early next year. That is not the case. Both Bills ran out of time. Although a third Bill on […]

Mills & Reeve swallows up beleaguered Lewington Partnership

Troubled niche healthcare firm The Lewington Partnership has been taken over by East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve. The move comes just seven months after The Lewington Partnership’s exclusion from the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) panel of law firms handling medical negligence claims. The merger will safeguard jobs at The Lewington Partnership’s Birmingham […]

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