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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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Switzerland’s Lachenal and Meyerlustenberger seal merger

Swiss firms Lachenal & LeFort and Meyerlustenberger have merged to create an 85-lawyer outfit with offices across the country. The merger comes less than two years after Lachenal’s creation. The firm was formed after partners from the Geneva office of Pestalozzi broke away due to differences of opinion over strategy and the future collaboration between […]

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AB v Ministry of Defence (2012) UKSC 9. Supreme Court. Lord Phillips LCJ; Lord Walker JSC; Lady Hale JSC; Lord Wilson JSC; Lord Mance JSC; Lord Kerr JSC; Lord Brown JSC. 14 March 2012 It was a legal impossibility for a claimant to lack such knowledge after they had issued proceedings.Appeals dismissed The appellants challenged […]

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Co-op Legal Services first to launch as an ABS

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), Oxford-based John Welch and Stammers and Kent-based Lawbridge Solicitors have become the first alternative business structures (ABS) to be approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). CLS has long been vocal about its ambitions to convert to an ABS. The retail giant established CLS in 2006 with a view to converting […]

The Co-operative: good with more than food

The Co-operative has become the first consumer brand to be granted an ABS licence in what is either the legal industry’s second big bang, or first barbarians at the gate moment. Or possibly both. Along with the Co-op, two high street practices have been licensed by the SRA: John Welch and Stammers and Lawbridge Solicitors […]

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