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Relief for retailers in ATM business rates decision

By Matthew Forrest External facing supermarket cash machines are not to be separately assessed for business rates, the Court of Appeal has ruled today in Cardtronics Europe Ltd (and others) v Sykes and others [2018] EWCA Civ 2472. The Court had to decide the correct legal approach to the rating of external ATMs in supermarkets, shops […]

Disentangling the scope of an inquest

By Nageena Khalique QC Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors. [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here). On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest […]

Austria: The Jewel in the Crown

By Sebastian Lukic Pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU“), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) shall give preliminary rulings, at the request of courts or tribunals of the Member States, on the interpretation of Union law or the validity of acts adopted by […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

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Northern Ireland's first PFI scuppered

Nothern Ireland’s first PFI project to build a complete hospital has been scuppered by the NHS trust which initiated it. A consortium advised by Belfast firm Elliott Duffy Garrett expected the Down Lisburn NHS Trust to name its preferred bidder for a PFI scheme to build a new £13m Downe Hospital last week. Instead the […]

International lawyers' group to act against MDP threat

The 4,000-strong Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has come out strongly against the movement of accountants into legal practice, with one senior figure claiming the threat they posed to legal independence was “unacceptable”. Guus Braakman, the director of the UIA’s legal projects who chaired a special session on the threat of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) at […]

The case for fairer sentencing

Roger Pearson looks at two recent appeals which have highlighted the need for more guidance on sentencing in contempt cases. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions serve as a signpost warning to courts throughout the country not to impose excessive sentences for contempt of orders in matrimonial cases, even if the contempt involves physical violence. […]

In brief: Get in at The Sharp End – for charity

There is still time to buy the original drawings for The Lawyer’s popular cartoon The Sharp End while at the same time helping a children’s charity. Fran Orford, the cartoon’s creator, is putting the originals up for sale, and donating the proceeds of the sale to charity. So far he has raised £200. For more […]

In brief: Dispute leads to writ for firm's dissolution

Manchester firm Slater Heelis has issued a High Court writ to dissolve its 225-year-old partnership in what is believed to be a bid to remove banking and insolvency partner Peter Hardman. Neither Hardman nor the partners at Slater Heelis would comment on the cause of the row, but Slater Heelis lawyers claimed that the firm, […]

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