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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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International firm Baker & McKenzie claims it is handling arbitration cases around the world with a total value of more than $10bn (£6.25bn). It is the first time that the firm has calculated the sig- nificance of its arbitration work. The head of the international arbitration group says that the figures indicate the increasing importance […]

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Freshfields’ Paris office is advising DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in the German company’s agreed merger with France’s Aerospatiale-Matra, creating Europe’s largest aircraft company. Paris firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is main adviser for Aerospatiale-Matra’s largest share holder, Lagardere, with Clifford Chance advising on the UK aspects of the deal. Rogers & Wells is instructing on US antitrust […]

City firms call time at the bar?

Last week The Lawyer reported that Hammond Suddards had become the latest firm to develop a specialist advocacy unit. This new nationwide project, set in motion by the poaching of a barrister from commercial set Chancery House chambers in Leeds, suggests the leading law firms are on an inexorable roll toward devouring the bar lock […]

Doctor seeks injury damages

A personal injury accident is heading for the High Court. A doctor who fell off a ladder as he climbed into his car on a garage ramp has launched a damages claim against the garage owners. Dr Andreas Angelides, 55, says he wanted to get documents from his car while it was being serviced at […]

Lord Chancellor's Department gives top government post to non-lawyer

Jane Kennedy MP’s appointment last week to become joint number two to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has caused some bemusement, in both legal circles and in her constituency. Kennedy, who is MP for the central Liverpool constituency of Wavertree, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary. She believes that her lack of legal training is actually […]

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