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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 […]

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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.

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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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Law Soc hosts crisis meeting over ethnic minority legal aid

Ethnic minority solicitors will call on the Government this week to change its legal aid reform timetable or risk depriving black and Asian communities in the UK of legal representation. The call will be made at a crisis meeting of more than 100 ethnic minority solicitors at Law Society headquarters. The meeting was organised by […]

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INTELLECTUAL property specialist Rouse & Co International (RCI) has developed a global trade mark and domain name clearance and protection service on the Internet, called Geodesia. The international firm – whose London office is Willoughby & Partners – has a six-member team working on the project in Oxford, which it hopes to expand when it […]

MDPs get cautious approval from law society in Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada, which covers the financial capital Toronto, has lifted a long-standing ban on lawyers and accountants forming multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). But the decision – which comes just as the Law Society of England and Wales is about to release a consultation paper on the issue – holds lawyers responsible for […]

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