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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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Bird & Bird keeps CCTA IT business

Bird & Bird has beaten off competition from five other firms to retain its £1m post as legal adviser to the Government’s Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA). The firm has held the post since 1994 but earlier this year, as part of the agency’s competitive retendering exercise, five other practices were asked to make […]

What's in a name?

Having read The Lawyer for several months, I cannot understand why you call it “the newspaper for the legal profession”. It ought to be called “the newspaper for solicitors, particularly those with a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the Bar”. No so catchy I’ll grant you, but far more accurate. Paul Burton, […]

LAB contracting plans will restrict access to justice, say lawyers' groups

The Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) proposed contracting of civil legal aid work will reduce choice for clients and turn the family lawyer into an “endangered species”, according to solicitors’ pressure groups. The LAB’s consultation paper, published last week, proposes restricting family contracts to between 2,000 and 3,000 firms, not-for-profit contracts to between 200 and 300 […]

Drug-driving holds heavy risks

Roger Pearson looks at the implications of the most recent drug-driving ruling and the problems of ensuring that justice is carried out The risks faced by drink-drivers are well understood, but a recent High Court decision has revealed that drivers who smoke cannabis are running far greater and less known risks than those who drink. […]

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