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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: Bar briefing secures anti-Government vote

The Bar Council said it helped secure a vote against a Government proposal in the Housing Bill which would have forced leaseholders to pay up to £2,000 per day to take disputes to a tribunal. Outraged by the charges for access to the new Leasehold Valuation Tribunal the Bar Council sent out a briefing to […]

Bar Council launches Web listing

Alison Laferla reports A multi-media Bar Directory is due to be launched by the Bar Council later this year. The only official Bar Council directory of British barristers in private practice or employment, the directory will be accessed through a database as well as a new Bar Council Website. Hard copies will also be available. […]

Tears for Mears as protest gives Girling a go

While Martin Mears clears his presidential desk and heads home, Richard Wachman reflects on the exit of the new broom and wonders whether those who swept him from power will get what they wanted from the new incumbent, Tony Girling “We all love Martin Mears here,” declared my solicitor recently when I stopped off at […]

Burger box billionaire's battle

The on-going battle of Dart v Dart is heading for the House of Lords. Katina Dart, divorced wife of US burger box billionaire Robert Dart, is unhappy with the £10 million awarded her in the High Court Family Division and the decision of the Appeal Court to uphold that award. She has now instructed her […]

Okoye race case appeal is prepared

A BARRISTER who accused her set of racial discrimination is to appeal against a county court decision to throw her case out of court. Family barrister Joy Okoye alleged that the development of her practice at Staple Inn Chambers in London had been blocked by the set’s senior clerk and several tenants. But her claims […]

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