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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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Camerons bags ex-SJ Berwin construction head

SJ Berwin‘s former head of construction Ian Insley has resurfaced at CMS Cameron McKenna. Insley announced his departure from SJ Berwin in June, with the firm appointing partner Julia Court as his replacement in the head of department role. At the time, the official line was that Insley was taking time out to pursue other […]

Is the one-size-fits-all approach to disputes the right one?

Evershed’s ‘Rapid Resolution’divides litigators, but Pinsents got there first. By Nina Goswami Managing cases across jurisdictions is the Holy Grail for litigation teams. A case in point is Eversheds. As revealed by The Lawyer last week (3 September), the firm is rolling out a new-look dispute management system that it piloted with DuPont, Transport for […]

Commercial & Chancery: Insider dealings

Although traditionally resistant to change, the bar needs to understand the benefits of the in-house advocate, says Tom Keith It is difficult to understand why the concept of an in-house advocacy service is so new and why it is not offered by more firms. Part of the explanation is that only the largest firms have […]

CC names São Paulo head after Mayer Brown swoop

Clifford Chance has named corporate finance partner Anthony Oldfield as head of its São Paulo office following the departure of office head Stephen Hood. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com yesterday (5 September), capital markets partner Hood left the magic circle firm after 29 years to open an office for Mayer Brown in the Brazilian city. Hood […]

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