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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 […]

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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.

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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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BOC unveils first-ever in-house MBA

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Senior lawyers blast PM’s human rights outburst

Lawyers have launched a torrent of criticism at the Prime Minister after he suggested that the Human Rights Act (HRA) could be amended to overrule court decisions. Tony Blair made the comment in a letter to the new Home Secretary John Reid last week (15 May). “We will need to look again at whether primary legislation is needed […]

UK firms predict revenue to take off in 2006

UK law firms are the most confident about the year to come compared with US, Australian and New Zealand firms, according to a new worldwide survey. The Law Firm Optimism Index 2006, carried out by Nisus Consulting and Team Factors, revealed that UK firms had the brightest outlook for business, with a rating of 8.1 […]

Beachcroft bins lockstep for merit-based pay

Beachcroft has radically revamped its remuneration system to better reward partners’ performances, as it undergoes a cultural shift following its conversion to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. The firm has ditched its simple modified lockstep in favour of multi-tiered remuneration for equity partners, which takes into account performance as well as seniority. Under the new system, […]

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