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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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Masons IT head chairs conference

The Lawyer eighth annual information systems conference takes place on 27 and 28 February at the London Marriott Hotel. The conference is being chaired by Martin Telfer, director of IT at Masons, and is sponsored by Novell and Axxia Systems. Day one of the conference will focus on internal management issues, systems implementation and the […]

Speedman bows out as director

SOLICITORS Indemnity Fund managing director John Speedman will retire this year after completing the fund’s most radical revamp to date. Senior colleagues see Speedman, a qualified accountant, as the driving force behind the fund’s successful management and major cost reduction, making it one of the cheapest funds to run despite rocketing claims in recent years. […]

In brief: Vice Chancellor's role is extended

The Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott has been appointed head of civil justice by the Lord Chancellor. The decision to extend Sir Richard’s responsibilities to cover civil justice is in line with one of the recommendations of Lord Woolf’s interim report on reform in this area. Lord Mackay said: “As a senior serving judge, the Vice-Chancellor […]

Mackay steps in on living wills report

THE LORD Chancellor has announced he will not implement a Law Commission report which took five years in the making. Although his department has not rejected the commission’s report on mental incapacity out of hand, a parliamentary answer by Lord Mackay last week suggested it would prove more controversial than anticipated. The report, published as […]

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