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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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Asim meeting sets out agenda

Ruthven Gemmell, head of investment at Edinburgh firm Murray Beith Murray, is to be the Scottish director of the Association of Solicitors Investment Managers (Asim). He was voted in at the association’s recent annual general meeting, as were five new member firms. At the meeting, chair David Lough reported that Asim was concentrating its efforts […]

In brief: Talks tackle end-of-life electronics

EU commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard will discuss the growing legal issues surrounding the management of end-of-life electronic products at a conference in London next year. The event, to be held at the US Embassy on 6 and 7 February, will include Lovell White Durrant among its sponsors. Speakers will consider the environmental, legal and economic problems […]

QLG Burstows wins Law Soc approval

The Law Society has officially authorised David Bridgeman, of QLG Burstows, as a ‘Qualified Person’ to advise on corporate pensions. The firm can now advise on all aspects of financial asset management and company benefit planning, including occupational pension schemes and private medical insurance. The three-person department has subcontracted its investment side to Lewes stockbrokers […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 19/12/95

Extradition proof that foreign offence is not time-barred R v Bow Street Magistrates Court, ex parte Paloka: sub nom re Paloka (1995). DC (Simon Brown LJ and Scott Baker J) 6/11/9Summary: In extradition proceedings the onus was on the detainee to show the proceedings were out of time not the other way around. Application by […]

Court listings come on-line nationwide

Helen Sage reports An on-line court listings service first launched in the Crown Courts in October will soon be available for the Daily Cause List. The service, provided by Legal Information eXchange, was installed in the Western Circuit on 4 December, completing the nationwide service. The listings, which have been part of a two-year pilot […]

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