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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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Bringing order to libel awards

Princess Diana, David Mellor, Monica Bauwens, Esther Ranzen, Graham Souness – the case book of solicitor Martin Cruddace reads like a celebrity’s Who’s Who. However, Cruddace has never represented any of them. Instead he has been on the defence side of High Court actions brought against Mirror Group Newspapers. In the five and a half […]

Litigation Personal Injury 16/01/96

Dexter v Ministry of Defence – QBD 7 December 1995 Claimant: Keith Dexter, 3Accident: Medical negligence Injury: Plaintiff underwent treatment for swollen testicle; after treatment he developed testicular cancer; testicle swelled to size of American soft ball and had to be amputated; plaintiff discharged from army where he had reached rank of sergeant and as […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 16/01/96

Driving an electric buggy in a public place Director of Public Prosecutions v Neville (1996). QBD (Schiemann LJ and Holland J) 4/12/95. Summary: Driving an electric buggy in a terminal building at Heathrow Airport is ‘driving in a public place’ for the purposes of s.3 Road Traffic Act 1988. Appeal by prosecutor against dismissal of […]

UK and South African governments back advocacy training programme

A TEAM of South African barristers has arrived in London to learn the skills of advocacy training from leading UK barristers. The visit marks the start of a major training programme being jointly funded by the UK and South African governments. It also signifies the breaking of new ground for the Inns of Court Advocacy […]

Gearing up for a new year of war and peace

“DETENTE time” was the plaintive pre-Christmas cry of the Law Society’s own journal, The Gazette. In an editorial, the magazine called for unity and a constructive approach in the society’s dealings with the Government over such crucial issues as legal aid and divorce reform. The president’s column followed. In it Martin Mears succeeded in insulting, […]

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