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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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Firm rises to grid challenge

Herbert Smith’s massive task of floating the National Grid reached its conclusion when trading in the privatised utility started on 11 December. The flotation involved at least 35 lawyers, including a dozen partners, in a deal valued at more than £5 billion. Together with related demergers by the regional electricity companies (RECs), it was one […]

The International Libel Handbook – a practical guide for journalists

In his foreword, Ian Hargreaves talks about “fair business risk” and here we are looking at a newspaper’s approach to libel rather than a book or magazine publisher’s. But all publishers have to insure themselves. And a libel underwriter is not interested in “fair business risk”, but whether publication would be a fair insurance risk. […]

Your secrets are safe with us

The former media firm Wright Webb Syrett recently hit the headlines when stacks of client files were dumped in a building skip. Nearby drinkers who came across the files were treated to details of the affairs of a string of celebrities including Sean Connery, Gillian Taylforth and Bill Wyman. With the information super highway offering […]

Breachers 'family' to go separate ways

LONDON firm Brecher & Co is to lose three of its four Brecher family members and a handful of senior lawyers in a shake-out prior to its expected October merger with City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones. Meetings of the Brecher partners last week discussed those who are to stay with the merger and those […]

Programme pilots integrated computer systems for law firms

The Coolfin Partnership, the manufacturer of an integrated computer and telecommunications system, is looking for law firms prepared to take part in a pilot programme. The Pan-European Legal Telematics Programme, which was announced in September after three years of research, aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal profession […]

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