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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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Beachcroft Wansbroughs rocked by Buchanans raid

US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has launched in London after luring key players from Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ highly-rated projects team. Head of projects Barry Francis is understood to be leaving to join the Pittsburgh-based firm along with six other partners and 10 assistants. Francis’ private finance initiative (PFI) practice is particularly strong in healthcare and is one […]

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Online legal community goes live

CENTAUR Communications, publisher of The Lawyer, has launched a legal “community” on the internet in a unique venture for the legal profession. Visitors to www.interactive-lawyer.com, can access news, case law and legislation, apply for jobs, order law books, and receive an up-to-the-minute index of nationwide legal events. A range of information centres for specialist lawyers […]

Mega-merger casts doubt on Camerons' Danish alliance

Cameron McKenna’s European alliance has been thrown into confusion after a massive shake-up in the Danish legal market. Dragsted Schluter Helmer Nielsen has merged with Aros Advokater to form Dragsted Schluter Aros. The merger creates the largest law firm in Denmark with more than 160 lawyers, including 55 partners. Cameron McKenna’s al-liance was launched in […]

White & Case enlists trade official for Prague office

White & Case’s Prague office has hired a senior public official for the newly-created role of director of government and corporate relations. If the post proves a success, the US firm may look to introduce the model into its other offices. Jan Havelka joins White & Case from CzechInvest, an agency of the Czech ministry […]

Doughty Street wins Bar Pro Bono Award

Doughty Street Chambers has been awarded the 1999 Pro Bono Award at the Bar Council’s annual conference. Doughty Street has a track record of working on Privy Council death row cases. It has acted for families at inquests such as that into the death of Joy Gardner, advised the defendants in the McDonald’s libel case, […]

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