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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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Is your identity at risk when you work for an accountancy-backed law firm? Elizabeth Goodrich claims that the opposite is true. Elizabeth Goodrich is a solicitor at Arnheim & Co. What is it like working for the correspondent law firm of Price Waterhouse? I have been at Arnheim & Co for seven months now – […]

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Tim Keightley, a Kent-based professional golfer, has issued a High Court writ in London seeking damages from the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) for, among other things, breach of contract and negligence from Brian White, chairman of the PGA, Peter Hanna and Gerry Egan, all of the PGA’s national headquarters in Sutton Coldfield. The writ says […]

Govt slammed over fees freeze

THE Law Society has accused the Government of “risking quality” by imposing a fees freeze on legal aid practitioners. The Lord Chancellor’s Dep-artment (LCD) announced last week that legal aid fees would remain at last year’s levels. It is the fourth time legal aid fees have been frozen during the last six years, although the […]

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