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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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Brobecks poaches Watsons corporate lawyer

He recently participated in the flotation of TPSA (Polish Telecom) on the London Stock Exchange and represented SDX Business Systems plc in a public takeover by Lucent Technology. Brobeck’s managing partner, Tom Kellerman says: “Richard’s experience in the UK and abroad will significantly enhance out UK corporate finance capability and help better serve both out […]

LCD forces anti-judge web-site to close

In an online open letter to the Lord Chancellor, James Hulbert denounced five judges who heard cases in which he claims he was denied justice. The LCD’s lawyers moved in and complained to Hulbert’s internet service providers that the material was offensive. The site was “disabled with immediate effect”. Hulbert was acquitted of deception and […]

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Crutes has appointed new partner Paul Forster from Carlisle-based Burnetts. Forster joins the commercial litigation team and brings with him specialist experience in civil litigation, commercial, contract and property disputes.

Let’s get logical

After suffering during the 1980s, Logica has managed to rebuild its business while at the same time downsizing its legal department. Chris Brock discovers how the in-house team has been instrumental to the company’s efficiency. Logica has had a busy time of late. With the takeover of Australian IT consultancy Mits, a licensing deal with […]

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Greek electricity transmission system restructures in compliance with EU Directive. Public Power Corporation of Greece advised by Norton Rose (Richard Metcalf, assisted by Jonathan Evans and Ioanna Stephanaki), ESB International from Ireland and Greek consultants LDK, led by National Economic Research Associates (NERA).

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