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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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AIJA sets agenda

Secrecy in Swiss banking and confronting the problems of corruption are the opening topics for debate at the annual congress of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) in Montreux, Switzerland, this August. Other planned seminar topics will centre around sponsorship and sports law with sessions on trade mark licensing, broadcasting rights, restrictions on circulation […]

Weil Gotshal limbers up for all-out assault on City firms

The fourth largest law firm in the US, Weil Gotshal & Manges, is planning to more than triple the size of its London office over the next few years, bringing its strength to about 100 lawyers by the year 2000. The expansion plans are among the most ambitious drawn up by a US firm operating […]

Thumbs up for African court

The International Bar Association has agreed to back the formation of an African Court of Human Rights, to act where African state courts have failed. Nutifafa Kuenyehia, past-president of the Ghanian Bar Association, who proposed the motion at the IBA Council’s Madrid meeting on 1 June, said: “The idea for this court came from law […]

Contemporary Acts of Charity

Part I of the Charities Act 1992 introduced a detailed statutory framework for the maintenance of accounting records by charities, requiring them to prepare and file annual accounts, reports and returns. This framework is now found in Part IV of the Charities Act 1993 and came into force on 1 March 1996. The introduction of […]

In brief: Survey reveals people don't want to move

A survey of 30 City law firms has revealed why candidates turn down offers of alternative positions in private practices. Legal recruitment consultants Laurence Simons International discovered 80 per cent of candidates, when offered alternative positions, did not want to move from their present position, 17 per cent refused because they had already accepted alternative […]

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