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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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Widow of veteran sues for compensation

A St Helens woman is accusing the authorities of negligence in the prison suicide of her husband, reports Roger Pearson. The widow of Gulf War veteran John Callaghan, who hanged himself in Strangeways prison, is taking the MoD, the Home Office and the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust to the High Court in a […]

Time to curb the personal litigant

The increasing cost of litigation and the proposed draconian reforms to the UK’s legal aid system are forcing many citizens to either abandon legal action altogether, or – increasingly commonly – encouraging them to take the hazardous but rather less costly route of becoming a personal litigant. As the courts system is likely to witness […]

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A French policeman came face-to-face with the German gang who attacked him after a World Cup football match in 1998. Daniel Nivel and his wife faced his attackers in a court in Essen for the first time since they beat him into a coma. Nivel, who attended court for just a day, has no memory […]

Herbert Smith advises Stagecoach in US drive

Herbert Smith, Simmons & Simmons and US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won a race against time to put Stagecoach on the road in the US. The firms advised on the transport group’s u1.16bn takeover of Coach USA. The deal was completed in just three weeks in the face of other competing bids. Herbert […]

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