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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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Commonwealth conference pulls in the crowds

Around 2,500 lawyers and judges from around the globe arrived in Vancouver last Sunday for the triennial Commonwealth Law Conference which will run until the week’s end. James Vilvany, conference co-chair, said attendance was higher than the last conference, in Cyprus in 1993, and added that a South African delegation will be attending for the […]

Canada looks to overhaul justice

Lawyers in Canada must become more attuned to clients and more focused on early settlement of disputes, according to a Canadian Bar Association inquiry which calls for sweeping reforms of the country’s justice system. A 100-page report on the reform of Canada’s civil justice system, compiled by the CBA’s Task Force on Systems of Civil […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Ashe

Michael Ashe QC was born in Hendon on 10 March 1949. He is now a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. What was your first job? Civil servant, Estate Duty Office, Inland Revenue. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? First brief fee £15. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

In brief: Polo tax scheme gets the all-clear

East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve’s £5 million corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches has been backed by a leading firm of tax analysts. The contracted exit EIS Polo Scheme sells licences for polo matches and tournaments at Ascot Park so investors can get a return from sponsorship and media rights as well as substantial […]

Management/Agent Contracts. What protection for commercial agents?

“Commercial agents are a down-trodden race and need and should be afforded protection against their principals.” With these sweeping words, Lord Justice Staughton sought to protect agents in Graham Page v Combined Shipping and Trading (24 May 1996). The decision of the Court of Appeal granting the appellant agent a Mareva injunction has been interpreted […]

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