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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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In the firing line

When the bar’s immunity from being sued was abolished, many feared that claims would spiral out of all control, but Brendan Malkin finds the floodgates have not opened – at least not yet The decision in Hall Simons was heralded as a defining moment in the history of the bar. A barrister’s immunity from being […]

Osmosis extraordinaire

Mark Stephens, the media luvvie extraordinaire (sorry, that should be media lawyer extraordinaire), has been having a little bit of a problem with his siblings of late.It seems that our Mr Stephens has annoyed his sister with the effortless zeal with which he seems to achieve things. Not through any fault of his own, you […]

NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

Hammonds lures Eversheds partner

Hammond Suddards Edge’s Birmingham office is poaching a high-profile senior employment partner from rival firm Eversheds. David Beswick will run the employment department in Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where there are currently two partners.A third partner, Julia Edwards, is on gardening leave; she plans to join Eversheds’ Birmingham office in the autumn.Beswick, who has been at […]

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