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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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Pinsents votes on national shake-up

Pinsent Curtis partners are to vote this week on a new national management structure. The 134-partner firm, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds, is looking to unify under a national system, instead of having three independently-run regional offices. It also wants to develop its reputation as a City firm. Birmingham’s head of litigation […]

Threatened Singaporean firms merge

Three Singapore law firms have merged to form a Silicon Valley-style practice specialising in technology-related start-ups. The 20-lawyer firm Arthur Loke Bernard Rada & Lee will help IT entrepreneurs set up their own companies, and will assist in fundraising. Targeting niche areas in this way is partly an attempt to stave off the threat posed […]

Hammonds nets barrister for new advocacy unit

Hammond Suddards is poaching a barrister to head a nationwide advocacy unit that the firm is launching. Patrick Walker is leaving Leeds commercial chambers Chancery House Chambers in November to become director for advocacy at Hammonds. He will initially be overseeing the advocacy training of between 10 and 12 lawyers. But Peter Crossley, head of […]

Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]

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