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Relief for retailers in ATM business rates decision

By Matthew Forrest External facing supermarket cash machines are not to be separately assessed for business rates, the Court of Appeal has ruled today in Cardtronics Europe Ltd (and others) v Sykes and others [2018] EWCA Civ 2472. The Court had to decide the correct legal approach to the rating of external ATMs in supermarkets, shops […]

Disentangling the scope of an inquest

By Nageena Khalique QC Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors. [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here). On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest […]

Austria: The Jewel in the Crown

By Sebastian Lukic Pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU“), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) shall give preliminary rulings, at the request of courts or tribunals of the Member States, on the interpretation of Union law or the validity of acts adopted by […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

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In brief: Susan Ward elected as new Bacfi chair

Bacfi the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry has elected Susan Ward, in-house counsel at the banking body APACS, as its chair. Ward (pictured), who takes over from Express Newspapers legal adviser Stephen Bacon, called for a lifting of all the restrictions preventing in-house lawyers from appearing in the higher courts.

In brief: Harman resigns after Court of Appeal ruling

Notorious High Court judge, Mr Justice Harman, has resigned following after the Court of Appeal said his 20-month delay in giving judgment in a case “cannot and will not be tolerated”. It is thought to be the first time a High Court judge has resigned in such circumstances and a sign of a crackdown on […]

Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a “watershed” for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers. In Thursday’s judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to […]

Montreal merger

Two of Montreal’s leading law firms – McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais – have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city’s largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm – McMaster Gervais – will take on Mackenzie Gervais’ membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin […]

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Application for habeas corpus

Leave has been given by the House of Lords for Nashwan Dawood Ismail, who is wanted in Germany to answer charges of alleged fraudulent investment schemes in Germany and Switzerland, to appeal against dismissal of his High Court application in July for habeas corpus. Ismail is awaiting the Home Secretary’s decision on whether he should […]

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