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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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Grabiner takes over at 1 Essex Court

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Green group makes EU noise over rail pollution

A NEWLY-FORMED environmental law group is trying to launch a court action against Railtrack under European rules on access to information. London-based EarthRights is seeking legal aid for a client whose request for information on machinery noise levels was turned down. It hopes to use the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 to force Railtrack to release […]

TSB appoint head of tax.

CITY practice Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed the head of its tax department Alasdair Douglas as managing partner. Douglas took over from Robert Harman on 1 January. He will retain his title as head of tax in addition to his managerial duties. Harman, now heading the property department, was one of the City’s longest-serving managing […]

'I want 1995 to bring full employment'

I would wish 1995 to be the year of full employment for all ILEX members employment prospects, particularly for trainees, have improved but are not yet back to the ‘good old days’. The go-ahead for increased rights of audience for suitably qualified fellows is high on my list of priorities. I would like to point […]

IT triggers growing amount of litigation

Litigation is increasingly being used to solve technology disputes, says consultancy KPMG Peat Marwick. KPMG says the results of its survey into the way businesses install IT systems shows one fifth of those who have experienced problems with putting in a system have threatened litigation. The survey of 130 bodies, including companies and government organisations, […]

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