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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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Law firms are chasing substantial business as the demand for project finance increases reports Mary Heaney While law firms have seen no great increase in the amount of asset financing transactions, domestic and international project finance work has escalated. “There’s huge developments, particularly in electricity in Asia and high speed train networks in Europe,” according […]

Pub fights likely after appeal

Roger Pearson on a publican’s successful challenge against an unpopular lease Publicans from all over the country may head for the courts to challenge controversial business leases, which they claim have been imposed on them against their will, after an Appeal Court victory for a Norwich publican. Julian Maitland-Walker of Charles Russell, who spearheaded the […]

Easy in, easy out

Melanie Oley on the considerable benefits of single currency funds With the low level of interest currently being offered on deposits by banks and building societies, savers may well be looking for a better rate of return on their deposits. Money funds or single currency funds are often able to provide this return without the […]

Lloyd's legal chief retires before review

LLOYD’S of London’s John Mallinson is stepping down as head of the legal department after three years in the post. A major review of the section will now be undertaken by Freshfields partner Josanne Rickard who has been recruited on secondment. Rickard will oversee the newly-created legal services directorate, reporting directly to Lloyd’s chair David […]

It may be time to shift units

Brought into existence in 1988 by Finance Act changes permitting unit trusts to invest directly in deposits and other near-cash instruments, cash unit trusts offer a number of attractions to financial planners and their clients. Their first and most obvious advantage is the competitive interest rate they can offer. Cash trusts invest in the interbank […]

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