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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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Litigation Personal Injury 13/12/99

Ethel Ramsay v David Rivers (1999) QBD (HH Judge Raymond Dean QC) 18 October 1999 Claimant: Female, married, 44 years old at date of accident; 58 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was a passenger in a car which collided with a tree. Injuries: The claimant sustained severe brain damage resulting in […]

Rolling with the punches

In the past few years the bar has faced growing criticism, a drastic drop in workload and the increasing threat of solicitor-advocates. Matheu Swallow reports on how the commercial bar is fighting back The commercial bar is attempting to fight back against the tide of criticism and apocryphal tales of woe that it and the […]

Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine’s plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal. Yesterday, in a case backed by the Law Society, Mr Justice Latham gave the green light for the issue to be judicially reviewed. The contracting […]

One Hare Court and Serle Court merge

Commercial chambers One Hare Court and chancery commercial Serle Court Chambers are set to merge in February. Lord Neill of Bladen QC, head of One Hare Court, will lead the 44-tenant, eight-silk set which will take the name of the larger set, Serle Court. Charles Sparrow QC, 74, head of Serle Court, is retiring at […]

Campaign brief

Matheu Swallow meets John Cooper, the human rights lawyer who worked on the Louise Woodward campaign and is now advising a campaign group which claims a British nanny serving 25 years in the US fir shaking a 13-month-old-boy in her care to death is innocent John Cooper loves a bit of profile. Before our first […]

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