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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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Making the Israeli connection

Israel, like Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa and certain Far Eastern countries such as Vietnam, is now well recognised by UK solicitors as an emerging market. The country is becoming the financial and technological centre of the Middle East and consequently there is enormous potential for UK lawyers to supply complex legal advice. But […]

Solicitors back Taylor on 'knee-jerk' laws claim

CRIMINAL lawyers have come out in support of Lord Chief Justice Taylor after his attack on the Home Office’s “barrage” of criminal justice legislation. Anthony Burton, senior partner at London-based Simon Muirhead Burton, mirrored Lord Taylor’s sentiments when he said: “We reject the knee- jerk piecemeal draconian changes brought about by a party political panic.” […]

Councillors clash over harassment allegations

A LAW Society council member who described the handling of harassment allegations against former vice-president John Young as “deplorable” has been forced to make a climbdown. Former president Mark Sheldon secured the retraction from his council colleague John Franks during a debate last Thursday on the measures needed to stamp out harassment in the profession. […]

Busmens' dismissal pay

The Law Lords are considering whether to grant leave for an appeal by a Welsh bus company over the level of unfair dismissal payments to a group of sacked drivers. In June 1993 an industrial tribunal held there was no jurisdiction for the payments to the drivers, who lost their jobs after industrial action, to […]

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