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Relief for retailers in ATM business rates decision

By Matthew Forrest External facing supermarket cash machines are not to be separately assessed for business rates, the Court of Appeal has ruled today in Cardtronics Europe Ltd (and others) v Sykes and others [2018] EWCA Civ 2472. The Court had to decide the correct legal approach to the rating of external ATMs in supermarkets, shops […]

Disentangling the scope of an inquest

By Nageena Khalique QC Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors. [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here). On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest […]

Austria: The Jewel in the Crown

By Sebastian Lukic Pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU“), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) shall give preliminary rulings, at the request of courts or tribunals of the Member States, on the interpretation of Union law or the validity of acts adopted by […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

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In brief: Northampton gets medico-legal society

Northampton firm Shoosmiths & Harrison is launching a medico-legal society to improve understanding between the professions. Personal injury solicitor Amanda Nicoll said over 500 invitations to the 25 October launch had been sent to lawyers and health care workers in the region and district judge Roger Goodman had been invited to become the group’s first […]

Dechert signings

The Washington DC office of Dechert Price & Rhoads has signed five lawyers from defunct New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. Senior litigation lawyer Leonard Garment, former managing partner of the Mudge Rose DC office I Lewis Libby, Ralph Oman, Joseph Aronica and Edith Albert have moved. Their signings have expanded Decherts’ […]

Practitioners hit back at LCD 'slur'

LEGAL Aid lawyers have attacked parts of the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid Green Paper as a “grossly unfair slur” on solicitors’ integrity. In its response to the reform blueprint, the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group (LAPG) smarts at what it claims is the impression in the Green Paper “of solicitors doing shoddy work and artificially inducing […]

Music row makes crescendo to High Court

In August we spotlighted a music industry row over the name of 60s group The Hollies. That dispute has now been settled, giving the group all they were seeking including undisclosed damages. But in the wake of the settlement, the solicitor who handled the case, Brian Eagles of Nabarro Nathanson, says two new actions are […]

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