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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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Court charter falls short on listings issue

FAILURE by the Court Service to improve the complaints handling system for listings and judicial incompetence is the main flaw in its new courts charter, say lawyers. And the lack of an adequate system for handling such complaints could lead to growing numbers of complaints by civil court users if Lord Woolf’s well-received proposals for […]

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GERMAN law firms can now limit liability claims to partnership-owned assets and the individual property of specific lawyers following the introduction of new legislation last month. Brought in via the Statute Concerning Partnerships for Members of the Independent Professions, the rules mark the first creation of a new German legal entity since 1900. The optional […]

Dentons tests Internet ads

Helen Sage reports A lawyers’ guide to the Internet is promoting on-line services as a means of advertising. At present there are only a handful of firms which have Internet pages, including Clifford Chance, Denton Hall, Edge & Ellison, Maxwell Batley, Fox Williams and Lawnet. The ‘Guide to the Internet for lawyers’ says the firms […]

Labour to review planning law

Cyril Dixon reports THE CONDUCT of lawyers is to be scrutinised in an extensive review of planning law set up by Labour. Shadow planning minister Keith Vaz is heading a panel which will look at the cause of delays, costs, confusion and anomalies in the system. Vaz says that one of the key areas to […]

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