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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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The predicament of UK citizens injured on overseas holidays is to hit the spotlight. London woman Emma Wilkinson, who was seriously injured on a Spanish campsite, is taking Club Cantabrica Holidays, of St Albans, to the High Court seeking damages for personal injuries. She was injured in an accident on a site run by the […]

Bar Council to cross swords with Labour over reforms

Shadow Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg was expected to warn barristers not to expect favours from a Labour government at the Bar Council conference at the weekend. Labour, which holds its conference in Blackpool this week, has said it will refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to investigate the Bar […]

In brief: Cricketer opens batting at Osbornes' office

England wicket keeper Jack Russell opened Osborne Clarke’s City offices in Hillgate House, Old Bailey, last week. Russell, a keen painter, exhibited some paintings at the opening party. Managing partner Leslie Perrin said: “Jack is the best at what he does, that’s what we’re trying to do; Jack comes from Bristol, that’s where we started. […]

German conference

Leading barristers addressed the British-German Jurists’ Association conference in Lubeck last weekend. John Cone, a barrister from Erskine chambers spoke about methods of capitalising companies and Hugo Sakkers, legal counsel at Philips Interactive Media International, discussed the legal problems of the information age.

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