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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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Barristers head for City firms' more commercial environment

Two more young barristers have left chambers for a City firm – and they have claimed that many of their generation are set to follow. Rachel Newman, a former pupil at 3 Paper Buildings, and Kevin Pettican, formerly a pupil at 2 Temple Gardens, have joined the litigation department of Warner Cranston. Newman conceded that […]

Set goes after two quality standards

Francis Taylor Building has brought in training consultants to help it comply with two quality standards – Investors in People and the Bar’s own practice management standards. The general common law set, which has 34 tenants, believes it is the first set in the country to have opted to work towards joint compliance with both […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Evan Donaldson

Evan Donaldson was born in Bridge of Allan in Central Scotland on 16 March 1962. He is the legal director/company secretary at construction company Miller Group. What was your first job? Legal trainee at Brownlie, Watson & Beckett in Glasgow. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500 per annum, I think. What […]

In brief: McKennas advises on Polish banks merger

McKenna & Co has advised on the merger of four Polish state banks. The merger of one of the principle banks in Poland, PEKAO, with capital of £380 million, and three others will create the largest bank in Poland. The merger was carried out as part of a parliamentary act because the banks are all […]

Chris Fogarty reports

Barnards Inn director of chambers Andrea Kennedy has left the set after three years to investigate the possibility of setting up an independent practice management consultancy for chambers. Kennedy joined Barnards Inn, which covers a wide range of work, including banking, consumer law and civil rights, shortly after it was formed in 1993. “I was […]

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