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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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Conveyancer accuses regulatory body

Roger Pearson reports on a conveyancer with grievances against his regulating body, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is on course for a High Court confrontation with conveyancer Bryan Thompson, of Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. Thompson, who is represented by London firm Marks Miller & Co, is claiming damages in respect […]

Slaughters to pay £200k damages for negligence

SLAUGHTER and May has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in damages after the High Court found it acted negligently in a property deal. The City firm, which is considering an appeal, must pay £204,541 plus interest to Summit Financial Group (formerly Aurit Services) to indemnify the company for possible further losses. The case […]

NSPCC lawyer attacks Evidence Bill

The NSPCC’s in-house lawyer has attacked a Government Bill for failing to protect child witnesses. Barbara Joel-Esam complains that the Youth and Criminal Evidence Bill – currently in its Lords report stage – takes away the automatic right of a child to give video evidence, leaving it instead to the court’s discretion. According to the […]

On the bench

Peter Leaver QC has joined Graham Kelly and Glenn Hoddle on the bench. John-Paul Flintoff discovers that the latest member of football’s ruling elite to be sent off still feels mightily aggrieved – and perhaps for good reason Until recently, Peter Leaver QC figured among the most important men in English football. As chief executive […]

Partners on the move…

Former head of legal at the British Railways Board Andrew Sim has joined insurance firm Kennedys. He will act as a health and safety litigation consultant for the company on a part-time basis. Peter Smith will join Manches & Co in April, becoming the firm’s fifth construction partner. Smith is currently a partner in the […]

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