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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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Freshfields defeats Competition Commission

Freshfields has scored an appeal victory for Tesco after the Competition Commission tried to alter the process for approving new stores. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner Deirdre Trapp has scored a Competition Appeal Tribunal victory for supermarket giant Tesco after the Competition Commission tried to alter the process for okaying new or extended stores. Tesco, […]

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Co-op ABS plans to create thousands of legal jobs

The Co-operative Group has unveiled plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street. The SRA approved the group’s plans to convert Cooperative Legal Services (CLS) to an alternative business structure in March (28 March 2012). Today, the company said it […]

Gide defies gloomy forecast with double launch in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel will launch two new offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, opening simultaneously in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The firm will open with 10 lawyers split equally between the two new offices, with Casablanca and Paris partners Sami Fakhoury?and?Yassir ­Ghorbal leading the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices […]

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Hammonds to trim 20 from its partnership

Hammonds is to cut up to 20 partners as part of a sweeping review that will see the firm’s partnership reduced by more than 10 per cent. The firm is blaming poor economic conditions for the cuts. It is understood that negotiations are already underway. Managing partner Peter Crossley (pictured) said: “We’ve been reviewing partner […]

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