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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 […]

Parliament in 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 […]

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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In brief: Sycamore in Law Soc Hong Kong visit

Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, is to fly in to Hong Kong at the beginning of April in a bid to resolve a dispute over the requalification requirements placed on English-qualified lawyers looking to practice there. English lawyers have lost their automatic exemption from having to sit the Overseas Lawyers’ Qualifications Examination […]

In brief: Rolling stock privatisation makes cash roll in

Freshfields and Clifford Chance both reaped fees of over £1.4m each from the privatisation of the rolling stock leasing companies according to a National Audit Office report issued last week. Freshfields advised the Department of Transport and Clifford Chance advised British Rail. The report also revealed that Freshfields did not secure the Department of Transport’s […]

E-commerce raises issues

The growing popularity of e-commerce will lead to knock-on work for the legal profession, according to Paula Staunton In a rapidly developing field, IT lawyers not only have to deal with the cases and clients in hand, they must also keep an eye on the issues of the future. In 1998, a number of issues […]

Lewis Silkin drops Farnham office

Westminster firm Lewis Silkin is disposing of its Farnham conveyancing office at the end of this week as part of a major change in direction for the firm. The move will mean laying off five paralegals, with three legal executives joining the London office. The only assistant solicitor in the Farnham office has already left […]

Eversheds 'evolution' spawns new chairman

Eversheds has made its non-executive chairman, Keith James, a full-time executive chairman after 11 months without a full-time boss, James, in turn, has appointed a management team of three others to handle internal administration, client development and international strategy respectively. Eversheds announced in April last year, when managing partner Peter Cole moved to head Eversheds […]

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