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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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Barrister conforms to quality standard

MERSEYSIDE QC Bill Braithwaite is the first barrister in the country to get a top quality standard. Braithwaite, of Exchange Chambers in Liverpool, has been registered to the BS EN ISO 900 standard, formerly known as BS 5750. “It’s taken 18 months to reach the necessary standard required by the British Standards Institute but it’s […]

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With planning it is possible to avoid bequeathing a hefty tax bill with the contents of your estate says Ron Wheatcroft More people are seeking to avoid placing the burden of inheritance tax on their families by taking out tax-efficient policies to cover their future liabilities. The whole life policy is most suitable. With married […]

Firms aid pensions victims

A STEERING committee of three law firms, set up for victims of bad pensions transfer and opt out advice, is on the verge of launching legal action against the insurance industry. The committee, which meets for the first time this week, will also receive instructions from the GMB trade union, a number of whose 820,743 […]

Fordham for 2 Hare Court

BESTSELLING barrister Michael Fordham is leaving commercial chambers at 3 Gray’s Inn Place for 2 Hare Court, a set specialising in both public and commercial law. Fordham, author of the ‘Judicial Review Handbook’, has taught administrative law at Hertford College, Oxford, since completing his pupillage four years ago. “I’m not turning my back on commercial […]

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