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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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No conflict over fees

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 The enormous increase in the cost of civil litigation means that most individual clients – and many private companies – are unable to afford to start legal proceedings or are unwilling to risk the financial cost of losing, particularly in […]

Society finds 'nothing wrong' with names-for-cash scheme

NO ACTION is to be taken over the names-for-cash marketing controversy which prompted widespread ambulance chasing claims in the summer. But the Law Society has decided to tighten up conveyancing advertising rules to clamp down on unrealistically low quotes. The move comes amid calls for urgent action to put a stop to fee undercutting from […]

Nuclear Testing. Return to confront an explosive issue

When President Chirac of France announced on 13 June 1995 that he would authorise a final series of eight nuclear weapon tests in the South Pacific starting in September 1995 he can hardly have imagined the various international legal initiatives that would be set in motion by his actions. South Pacific residents in French territories […]

In brief: Ethnic group to discuss recruitment

Training and recruitment are among the main topics to be discussed at the national conference of the African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ group this week. The event at the Law Society headquarters on Saturday will be introduced by ACA chair Audrey Dorival. Speakers include Keith Vaz MP, Jerry Garvey of the Law Society, and a […]

Nuclear Testing. TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

20 December 1974; ICJ gives judgment in the nuclear tests cases (Australia v France, New Zealand v France). December 1991; President Mitterand announces moratorium on further French nuclear tests, to take effect in May 1992. 9 May 1995; Adoption of indefinite extension to Non Proliferation Treaty: France agrees to exercise “utmost restraint” in conduct of […]

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