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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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Dawsons takes on Far Eastern IP specialist

Dawsons has hired intellectual property (IP) and IT specialist Karen Fong from the Hong Kong office of Denton Wilde Sapte. Fong was a consultant for Dentons, advising on Hong Kong and Chinese IP issues. She moves back to London, where she was based while a partner at Willoughby & Partners.

Race is on to win place on Taylor Woodrow panel

Julia Cahill says that Camerons and Eversheds are the ones to beat in the Taylor Woodrow review After The Lawyer revealed last week that Taylor Woodrow was about to review its panel, you may have been thinking about trying your luck. Several of you already have, but for those still to make that cold call, […]

Watson Burton targets employment growth

Watson Burton has bolstered its employment practice with the hire of Chris Graham, a partner from Leeds-based Ford & Warren. Graham’s focus is on the transport sector. He brings many years of experience acting for haulage companies, and bus and coach operators. Other clients include the UK-wide Reeds Rains estate agency and Danka UK. First […]

Litigation conference brings to the fore blunders by expert witnesses

The array of problems caused by expert witnesses during litigation were highlighted at a landmark conference last week Allen & Overy litigator Joanna Hughes, author of a recent book on expert witnesses, provided a catalogue of examples of blunders by what she describes as “nightmare experts”. Hughes said the areas in which experts cause the […]

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