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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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David Owens on judicial reviews in Health Service litigation

The past year has seen significant growth in a new area of litigation for Health Service bodies. In addition to the burdens of allegations of clinical negligence and the consequential litigation, there are a number of new types of challenge being brought by way of judicial review. One aspect of this has been the rising […]

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Public law is the new rock 'n' roll

Whether it is freeing dogs held under the Dangerous Dogs Act or trying to get citizenship for the Fayeds, it seems that public law – and judicial review, in particular – is, in legal terms, the new rock and roll. As in other areas of law, there is a certain cross-over and blurring of the […]

Bar working party opts for greater democracy

THE BAR Council looks set to give up its constitutional independence from the profession following a democracy working party’s conclusion that it should obey the results of national ballots of barristers. The working party, chaired by treasurer Michael Blair, also concluded that Bar Council proposals to significantly change its constitution or code of conduct must […]

Telephone answers

Arena Publishing is offering a free guide to buying telephone systems to potential purchasers. The guide includes an introduction to different telephone systems, a how-to-buy checklist, a glossary and a list of supplier details. A preview of the guide can be found on the Internet at http://www.arena-pub.co.uk/ arena/. For a free copy call 01732 458202.

In brief: Forensic expert joins Manchester firm

Manchester firm Pannone & Partners has recruited a former detective chief inspector to its forensic and corporate defence department. Gordon Evans, 53, will be actively involved in white-collar fraud defence work. The firm said that Evans’ experience would strengthen its forensic arm, which specialises in the protection of clients’ interests in crime, tax and regulatory […]

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