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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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Are you ready to break free from Sif?

As the abolition of Sif gets closer Trevor Moss asks whether the qualifying insurers provide a viable alternative. With more of a whimper than a fanfare, the list of qualifying insurers was listed on the Law Society website last week. From 1 September, the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund (Sif) will cease to exist and solicitors’ professional […]

A VIEW FROM CAIRO

Mother of the World, as old as the Pyramids, Cairo is a thriving metropolis of 16 million people advancing resolutely into the modern commercial era. However, as the Egyptian economy was brought under centralised control in the 1950s and 1960s, the activities of the private sector were restricted and foreign investment declined. This situation began […]

Rozenberg

Perhaps I was a little harsh on the Lockerbie prosecutor Colin Boyd QC two weeks ago when I referred to him as “the hapless Lord Advocate”. But the adjective is proving remarkably apt. Boyd had made it clear he was not ready to go ahead with the trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing […]

A&O steals BT contract for e-commerce float

British Telecommunications (BT) is instructing Allen & Overy for the first time to work on its radical corporate restructuring. BT has long-standing relationships with Freshfields and Linklaters, but it selected A&O in a beauty parade for work on the flotation of its international directories and e-commerce business Yell. BT is planning to complete the flotation […]

Case of the week

David Calvert-Smith. The Director of Public Prosecutions has been told to think again about his decision not to bring manslaughter charges in the case of a death in custody. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham (right) has ordered the DPP to reconsider bringing prosecutions against officers at Blankenhurst prison where Alton Manning was a prisoner […]

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