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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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Airbus litigation appeal

The Law Lords have given leave for appeals on behalf of victims and relatives of victims of the Indian Airlines Airbus crash at Bangalore, India, in 1990 in respect of a dispute over where the claims should be heard. In April last year the Commercial Court dismissed an application by Airbus Industrie to confine the […]

Litigation Writs 28/01/97

Steven Ravic, a motorcyclist from Romford in Essex who suffered serious injuries in a crash, is suing importer Kaw-asaki Motors (UK). Ravic was hurt in an accident on 5 September 1993 when riding his Kawasaki ZX600-E 1 (ZZR 600) motorcycle near Buntingford, Hereford. In his writ he claims the accident was caused by Kawasaki’s negligence […]

Time to practise what is preached

The latest survey revealing that sexual discrimination and harassment is widespread among law firms is unlikely to cause any great surprise in the legal profession. However, most cases never come to light so the extent of the problem can, at best, only be guessed at. What we can say, however, is that the legal profession, […]

Westminster city council. Mistakes and misdemeanours

Westminster City Council has spent more than £50,000 on a series of independent investigations which have concluded that no individual person or department could be blamed solely for a £7m mistake that took six years to spot. Instead, blame for the fiasco over unpaid lessees’ bills has been spread across the housing, finance and legal […]

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