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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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Merger prospects for Birmingham sets rejected

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A taxing assessment

A note of caution to professional partnerships in their dealings with the Inland Revenue. Yes, the Revenue is getting to grips with self assessment calculations for 1996/97. But in many cases they are getting them wrong, because the self assessment teams are trying to settle each partner’s individual liability, without checking on their colleagues’ progress […]

CPS report on hold as Mills draws up response

PUBLICATION of the long-awaited Glidewell review into the Crown Prosecution Service has been put on hold to allow Director of Public Prosecutions Dame Barbara Mills QC to respond to the report’s findings. The Lawyer understands that the retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Iain Glidewell has conceded to a request by Mills and her senior […]

In brief: Lawyer leaves band post to join Halliwells

Former Garretts intellectual property partner Richard Boardman has ended a nine-month stint as business adviser to folk rock band the Kelly Family to become a partner at Manchester firm Halliwell Landau.

In brief: Home Secretary urges youth court speed-up

At a Home Office seminar last week, Home Secretary Jack Straw called on the 20 busiest youth court areas, including inner London, Nottingham and Cardiff, to head the Government’s youth justice overhaul by halving the time between arrest and sentence (currently five months) and by fast-tracking persistent young offenders.

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