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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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Ashursts shaken by Wippell's move to A&O

Ashurst Morris Crisp has lost star corporate finance partner Mark Wippell to Allen & Overy. Wippell has advised on some of Ashursts’ biggest corporate deals in recent years – and his departure is believed to have shaken the firm more than last month’s departure of four banking partners, led by Stephen Mostyn-Williams, to US firm […]

In brief: Denis Reed leaves Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood’s director of legal personnel has left the firm after 10 years. Denis Reed left the firm last Friday following a strategic review of its human resources function. Alison Warner joins from Moores Rowland as legal recruitment manager, replacing graduate recruitment manager Hina Malek, who has also left.

Wilde Sapte's Paris knock

The two remaining partners and six assistants in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office are understood to be joining the 45-lawyer Paris office of US firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher. Richard Macklin and Olivier Tordjman had spent several months deciding whether to stay at the firm or follow asset finance partner Thomas McDonald’s lead and join up […]

A&O/Paris link to stay

Allen & Overy and its Paris ally, Gide Loyrette Nouel, have issued a joint statement stressing that they have no plans to end their association. Last week The Lawyer reported that Gide was considering breaking its links with A&O a move which was confirmed by a ‘spokeswoman’ at the French firm. In the statement, however, […]

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