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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

Criticism of the Government’s decision to introduce an extra death tax

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

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The mobile phone companies had such fun scrapping over how many noughts they could add to their bids for the new mobile phone licences that they’ve decided to carry on fighting. One2One is suing the Government over its handling of the £22.5bn auction. The company, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, is challenging the Department of […]

Simmons strikes deal to keep banking ace

Simmons & Simmons is snatching back a banking partner on the eve of her departure to Bevan Ashford. Helen Hancock, who specialises in capital markets and structured finance, was due to leave the City firm for Bevan Ashford’s Bristol office because of undisclosed personal reasons. Simmons, however, has persuaded Hancock to stay by setting up […]

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Olswang represented the management of Financial Data Systems (FDS) and institutional sellers Gresham Trust on the sale of FDS to Wolters Kluwer. FDS will be managed within Croner.CCH Group, a UK operating division of Wolters Kluwer. Fabrizo Carpanini, private equity partner at Olswang, acted with a five-strong team. Wragge & Co advised Wolters Kluwer.

Bird & Bird boosts Paris and Brussels offices…

Bird & Bird has hired corporate teams in Paris and Brussels to boost its European operations. In Paris, former Sales Vincent & Associes corporate partners Jodie Cohen-Tanugi and Francois Serres are to join the practice, both as partners. Cohen-Tanugi will head the corporate/M&A team which, in addition to Serres, includes a further four associates. She […]

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