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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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The beauty of Scotland is that it is big enough to be important in the UK and small enough for everyone to know everyone else.” Secretary of State for Scotland George Younger’s made this comment on Scotland generally, but it is particularly apposite to the country’s legal profession. The legal community is small enough for […]

CPS lawyer joins chambers

THE FIRST CPS lawyer to prosecute in a Crown Court has left the service to join a set of chambers as a barrister. Philip Drinkwater, a former branch crown prosecutor, has been made a tenant at Exeter’s newly named Colleton Chambers, which has just relocated. He made history with the CPS in 1986 when he […]

Profession loses appeal for Osbornes man

The drift of senior lawyers to top flight management jobs outside the profession has continued with the appointment of Osborne Clarke corporate partner Jeremy Simon to the board of Prism Rail. Prism is one of the few privatised rail companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Simon will handle the development of corporate services, including […]

Chinese judges seek tips on UK law as profession grows

A TEAM of Chinese judges from the city of Wuhan attended two conferences on English commercial, civil and criminal law this week as part of a legal fact-finding tour of Manchester, Wuhan’s twin city. The conferences were hosted by Mason’s partner Edward Davies. The delegation, headed by Yu Cuzhong, vice-director of the Wuhan Intermediate People’s […]

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