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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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Courts gear up to fight fines plan

THE HIGH Court has granted magistrates committees leave to judicially review the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor over the transfer of police enforcement duties. The action is being taken by the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees (CCMCC), an organisation which represents the 105 Magistrates Courts Committees around the country. Duncan Webster, general secretary of […]

Solicitors urged to invest more money in IT

Helen Sage reports Many legal firms are not capitalising on the technology revolution and are consequently not as profitable as they could be, according to David Higdon, computer consultancy partner with chartered accountants James & Cowper. He told a recent seminar, attended by Thames Valley solicitors, that computer strategy needed to dovetail into the practice’s […]

Sandra Banks finds a case where EC law holds sway. BYLN:

Sandra Banks is a partner at Denton Hall. The controversial issue of the export of live veal calves has been aired more than once in the High Court. In April, the court took the view that as the export of live animals was lawful, it was the duty of the harbour authorities to accept the […]

New LESI president

A meeting of the international delegates of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) saw a City partner elected as the group’s new president. Jeremy Brown, head of intellectual property, technology and communications at Linklaters & Paines, was voted in during the meeting in Orlando. Made up of 27 member societies representing 35 countries, LESI is […]

In brief: Honorary doctorate for prison inspector

The chief inspector of prisons Judge Tumim will this week receive an honorary Doctor of Law from Oxford Brookes University. Tumim, who will leave his post at the end of October, was called to the Bar in 1955. In the past he has acted as a Circuit and County Court judge and is currently a […]

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