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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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Law Society sets deadline over franchise fight with Lord Mackay

THE LAW Society plans a swift response to the Lord Chancellor’s new two-tier legal aid policy to allow firms time to apply for franchises if the society concedes defeat over the issue. A crucial decision on the Law Society’s tactics in next year’s legal aid pay round with the Lord Chancellor’s Department is likely to […]

APIL delight over awards index link

PERSONAL injury lawyers are delighted at the Government’s decision to follow Law Commission advice on making damages awards inflation-proof and encouraging structured settlements. The Lord Chancellor says he will introduce legislation implementing all the recommendations in the commission’s paper on structured settlements and interim and provisional damages “when a suitable opportunity arises”. The paper, issued […]

Meade King in Bath splits from Bristol HQ

MEADE King’s Bath branch office has de-merged with its Bristol headquarters to join forces with its neighbour Stone King & Wardle. Senior partner at the Meade King satellite office Tom Charrington describes the move as the best solution to the problem caused by a freeze on expansion at his office. Although he stresses the office […]

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* The Hong Kong government is offering places to Chinese lawyers to study common law in Hong Kong. The courses will last one year and will be offered at one of Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions. They will include a work placement in a government department.

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