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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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Britain’s longest-established legal firm, Lawrence Graham, has announced the appointment of a new senior partner and the opening of a new office in the Ukraine. Martyn Gowar, currently the firm’s head of tax and financial management, will take over from Gavin Purser as senior partner. Gowar said the firm would continue with the strategy developed […]

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It seems there is more than one national lottery. Libel damages awarded over the last 10 years range from 1p to £1.48m. They remain as unpredictable as ever, despite legislative and judicial attempts to bring them into line with personal injury awards. It has been suggested that the use of expert witnesses may stabilise libel […]

Election 97: The Contenders

The Key Player Lord Irvine of Lairg A virtual certainty to be the next Lord Chancellor if Labour triumphs, Lairg has the respect of the legal community. Lord Irvine was pupil master to Tony Blair and his future wife Cherie in 1976-77. A talented QC and head of 11 King’s Bench Walk, he has never […]

Election 97: Manoeuvres on the inside track

Lawyers who are MPs, or who sit in the Lords, play a prominent and obvious role in drawing up their party’s policies. But their practising counterparts outside Parliament have an almost equal role, and there are many important ways they can help their party. Ashurst Morris Crisp’s head of banking Stephen Mostyn-Williams is a classic […]

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