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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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The Leader column

Here’s a question for UK managing partners: are US lawyers better at negotiating European mergers than the Brits? Paris has virtually turned into Wall Street-sur-Seine. Latham & Watkins’ opportunism in swallowing the Hamburg office of Gaedertz is being echoed in its current talks with the Paris office of Stibbe. Unfortunately for those of us who […]

Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices European law firm Stibbe is splitting following talks between the firm’s Paris office and US law firm Latham & Watkins. Partners in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and New York claim they are causing the split because of a disagreement […]

The bold and the beautiful

Clifford Chance might be the biggest, brashest and brightest law firm in the world right now, but it wasn’t always that way. And here’s the picture to prove it (below). While trawling through The Lawyer’s picture library, Tulkinghorn came across a motley crew of youngish lawyers, several of whom are now at the forefront of […]

Law Society pushes NY bar to change qualifying rules

The Law Society is calling on the bar associations of New York to support it in a bid to relax the rules for UK lawyers trying to requalify to practise there. New York currently makes a distinction between solicitors who qualified with degrees in law and those who did non-law degrees. The former are allowed […]

Kirklees council

This is the first time that a local authority has sought equity participation in an education PFI project. Supported by Partnerships UK, the former PFI Treasury Taskforce, the pilot sees Kirklees holding 30 per cent of the total equity stake of more than £500,000 and taking a seat on the project company’s board. Kirklees will […]

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