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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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The literary lawyer

Matt Barnard discovers that the man who was the prize in a bidding war between rival chambers, Richard Gordon QC, owes much to his literary skills Sitting in an upper office at Brick Court Chambers, I realise that I subconsciously expected Richard Gordon QC to have one eye, one leg and purple hair. Instead, sitting […]

KLegal tops £6m in start-up salary costs as KPMG wages war on City

After the City’s assistant salary hikes, the accountancy giants have been forced to compete. Catrin Griffiths reports KPMG has invested more than £6m in KLegal on fee earner remuneration alone, taking no other costs into account, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. “We’re paying competitive salaries,” says KLegal’s managing partner Nick Holt. “You’ve got to build […]

Slaughters defends Bestfoods takeover

Slaughter and May is preparing to do battle with the European Commission as Unilever finally wins control of US rival Bestfoods. The $20.3bn (£13.3bn) take over of Bestfoods, on which Unilever is is also paying $4bn (£2.6bn) of debt, was approved by its shareholders on 7 June, and will create the second largest consumer products […]

Bryan Cave boosts UK office with Davenport Lyons partner

US firm Bryan Cave is edging its way towards offering a full UK law capability with the recruitment of its second local partner – this time from Davenport Lyons. Anthony Fiducia, Davenport Lyons’ head of company and commercial, is joining the Missouri-based firm’s London corporate finance and securities group, boosting the office to 10 partners […]

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