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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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Builders group modifies panel

The National Federation of Builders has drastically overhauled its legal panel following a review, introducing 13 new firms The shake-up comes amid claims from former panel firms that the federation has started to levy charges for panel places.Six firms, including construction specialist Masons and national giants Wragge & Co and Bond Pearce, have been cut […]

Gibson Dunn in £310m property buy

The London office of US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has started the year in fine style by completing a massive property acquisition for a private overseas client.The £310m total purchase comprised two deals joined through common funding arrangements. The vendors were PMB Holdings and the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society. Property finance partner Alan […]

Driving forward

Restrictions on vehicle operators are tight and often have a political edge. But recent cases have changed some of the regulatory frameworks. Richard Serlin and Patrick Sadd report Vehicle operators are highly regulated. The tendency of the Divisional Court and of the European Court of Justice has been to interpret the regulations in a way […]

The Leader Column

Until recently, few lawyers outside the shipping wo-rld had ever heard of Jane Peaston. But her move from niche firm Jackson Parton to Richards Butler has sparked a train of events that could be calamitous for the legal profession.The basic facts are these: Richards Butler acted for Ariadne Maritime against Koch Shipping, represented by Peaston […]

Employed barristers to get ethics lessons

Bar’s employed barrister group gets new chair as City Firms Bar Group is formed The top lawyer in the Welsh Assembly is drawing up ethical guidance for employed barristers, which is due to be debated next month.It comes at an important juncture for the employed bar, with the appointment of Rosalind Wright, director of the […]

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