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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 […]

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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.

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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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In brief: Linnells moves offices to allow IT growth

Oxford practice Linnells is leaving its King Edward Street premises after 60 years to move to offices in Norfolk Street’s Greyfriars Court. The new base, more than twice the size of the firm’s previous premises, is designed to accommodate Linnells’ plans for expansion and investment in information technology.

Police shortfall leads to trade challenge

THE ISSUE of live animal shipments is to return to the High Court again. After the recent ruling that port and airport authorities have no legal right to ban such shipments because of fears over the action of demonstrators, exports have been resumed. But a new legal twist has emerged in the saga. It is […]

Firm opts for Linetime

Linda Tsang reports North East law firm Punch Robson has placed a £55,000 order with Linetime for software which includes database and credit control facilities. The system for the two-branch firm, which has 14 partners and 60 staff, will include an Altos 7000 Unix server supporting accounting, time rec- ording, database and credit control software […]

In-house lawyers urged to police external firms

IN-HOUSE lawyers must assert vigorous control over external lawyers and should involve their business colleagues in their company’s legal affairs, an in-house conference heard. Lawyers who gathered at the Law Society earlier this month to discuss relationships with external lawyers spoke of the need for a flexible but strictly policed working relationship with outside firms. […]

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