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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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Deal of the week – Daimlerchrysler

This is the first deal for DaimlerChrysler following Olswang‘s successful pitch for its e-commerce work in April. The car manufacturing giant already had a range of relationships with firms – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer being one – so the win was a coup for Olswang. E-commerce partner Gringras led the pitch. This deal was unique because […]

Irwin Mitchell wins Freeth corporate head

Irwin Mitchell’s corporate finance department has hired Freethcartwright’s head of company and commercial. Ian Worthington was formerly in the Nottingham office at Freethcartwright and will join Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office. Irwin Mitchell is in the process of developing its corporate finance department in Leeds and plans to introduce more risk management initiatives in the commercial […]

Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the […]

Law firms offering legal aid halved

Only 5000 law firms won contracts to offer legally aided initial advice and legal assistance in civil cases under the new scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department yesterday. Under the old system, more than 11,000 firms were entitled to offer such advice. The Law Society has reacted with fury to the cuts, claiming that […]

The Leader column

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a medium-sized law firm must be in want of a merger that fills in the gaps. As we all know, that never happens; Berwin Leighton’s current talks with Paisner & Co have tacitly acknowledged the impossibility of it. But Berwin Leighton seems to have found the next best […]

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