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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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In brief: Lambeth lawyer faces investigation

The head of legal services at Lambeth Council appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week. Paul Lally, who has been suspended since March, was brought before an investigating panel of three councillors at the town hall on Thursday. The meeting is private and Lambeth Council has refused to discuss the nature of the charges against […]

CJD. Height without harm – a tall order

In 1984, Alison Lay, a 22-year-old bank typist from Winchester, Hampshire, began staggering for no apparent reason. Her health declined rapidly until she was unable to talk or respond in any way and she died 11 months later. A post-mortem revealed her brain was pitted with tiny, spongy holes unlike those seen in any other […]

Fast puts brakes on program theft

The Federation Against Software Theft (Fast), last week brought a successful criminal prosecution against Computer Component Marketing, of Altringham, Cheshire. The action concerned the importing and professional counterfeiting of Microsoft’s Windows 3.11 for Workgroups operating system. The company pleaded guilty to charges of possession and supply of counterfeit product under the Trademarks Act 1994 and […]

Hammicks CD-ROM

Hammicks and Whitaker have joined forces to produce Hammicks’ Legal Catalogue on CD-ROM, utilising the software interface used to access Whitaker’s bibliographic files. Hammicks has made a commitment to produce the catalogue more frequently, on a quarterly basis initially, and to provide the information on CD-ROM and eventually on the Internet.

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