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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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Leading Hammond Suddards corporate finance partner Richard James is leaving the firm to go in-house with a major client, Sports Internet Group. James’ new position is believed to be managing director of the sports division. His appointment is understood to be subject to board approval. “I can confirm that discussions with them are taking place […]

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Judging the judicial selection process

When the Marylebone Cricket Club ended its 212-year ban on women members in March, it represented for some the demise of a fine bastion of English tradition. For others, it was the abolition of an elitist anachronism which sustained an inequality unacceptable in modern society. And yet, according to some, a more powerful elitist club […]

Who will gain from whistle-blowing?

Martin Chitty, head of employment, Wragge & Co Christopher Osman, head of employment, Clifford Chance William Dawson, managing partner, Simmons & Simmons Employment lawyers are gearing up for the results of a high-profile case which will put new whistle-blowing legislation to the test. Grey Communications Group’s former chief financial officer Roy Wilson is bringing a […]

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Home Secretary Jack Straw v the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who – seemingly oblivious to Tony Blair’s uncompromising anti-drugs stance in Bournemouth – are rowing over drugs. The Judicial Studies Board is issuing guidelines suggesting judges should be lenient with cannabis users who say they are Rastafarians. It seems Straw did not know of the […]

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