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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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Firm 'hives off' financial arm

London firm Kidd Rapinet has hived off its financial services division to set up a new company, Lewis Chambers. Kidd Rapinet senior partner Andrew Lewis said the firm took the step because of Law Society over-regulation. “The financial services industry is so over-regulated… it becomes impossible to perform a proper service to the client,” he […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 12/09/95

Extending time for solicitor’s client’s account challenge Re a solicitor (1995). Ch.D (Robert Walker J) 31/7/95. Summary: No power to extend time for challenging prohibition notice issued by the council of the Law Society vesting a solicitor’s client’s funds in the society. Solicitor’s application for an extension of the eight-day period within which to issue […]

Behind closed doors: THE CCBe. Divided they stand on Euro legal practice

EACH week while Europe’s legislators debate the pros and cons of a single currency five of the member states’ top lawyers meet by telephone to forecast the future of the union’s legal profession. Since its establishment 35 years ago the five-member presidency of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) […]

Bar takes up gauntlet of Woolf reforms

CIVIL reformer Lord Woolf gets top billing at this year’s Bar Council conference and will lead an open forum on “effective justice”. Woolf, who will reveal his second set of conclusions on reforms to the civil justice system next year, will also give the keynote address at the 30 September event. A Bar spokesman said […]

In brief: Group launches support for accountants

A new litigation support panel has been launched by the UK 200 Group of practising chartered accountants. The panel, which combines member firms’ expertise in forensic accountancy, has been established to meet a growing demand for professional skills and expert witnesses in cases such as contractual disputes, commercial fraud and personal injury. For further information […]

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