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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Nestor legal head defects to Homeserve as first in-houser

FTSE 250 company Homeserve has raided Nestor, the provider of UK health and social care services, for its first in-house lawyer. FTSE 250 company Homeserve has raided Nestor, the provider of UK health and social care services, for its first in-house lawyer. Emma Thomas, Nestor’s company secretary and head of legal, is leaving to join warranties and […]

Simmons gets first job from Royal Dutch

Simmons & Simmons has completed its first deal for Royal Dutch/Shell since being awarded a place on the oil giant’s panel last year. Simmons advised Shell on the sale of its oil products business in the Caribbean to the Sol Group, a petroleum affiliate of the Interamericana Trading Corporation. When Shell completed a global review […]

Group legal director Chidley in sudden exit from Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) director of group legal services Mark Chidley is leaving after just three years with the bank. It is understood that Chidley, who replaced Derek Arnott in 2002, has not secured a position elsewhere. Prior to joining RBS, Chidley was a partner at Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) […]

Manches ramps up property with double hire

Manches has bolstered its property team with the hire of two partners, including Davenport Lyons‘ former head of property Graham Atkins. Retail property specialist Atkins, who joined the firm last Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year. He was at Davenport Lyons for 31 years. Manches has also hired Neil Benson, […]

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