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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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In brief: Three new litigators for Lee Crowder

Birmingham firm Lee Crowder has appointed three new solicitors to its litigation department. Employment specialist Richard Whittington has joined the firm as an associate from Hobson Audley in London; insolvency specialist Alias Dass has been recruited from Birmingham firm Herbert Wilkes; and Robert Holland has transferred from Edge & Ellison, also in Birmingham. Head of […]

Herbert Smith wins electricity contract

City firm Herbert Smith has won the contract against two other firms to advise the 14 electricity companies of England, Wales and Scotland on implementing full competition in 19 months time. Business customers of the privatised electricity companies are already able to choose their supplier, but from 1 April 1998 all 23 million individual customers […]

Judge dismisses barrister's race case as vexatious

A BARRISTER’S allegations that a set of chambers subjected her to a campaign of racial discrimination have been described variously as as “scandalous, frivolous or vexatious” by a county court judge. At Central London County Court last week, Judge Quentin Edwards QC struck out Joy Okoye’s action against her former set, Staple Inn Chambers. Okoye, […]

Speed up complaint process, warns broadcast watchdog

THE BROADCASTING watchdog has warned solicitors instructed to draft complaints on behalf of clients to speed up their acts. The Broadcasting Complaints Commission has revealed that members of the public who believe they are increasing their chances of a successful complaint by paying a solicitor are in fact achieving the opposite result. It points out […]

Suppliers blast Law Society IT directory

Alison Laferla reports Legal IT suppliers, angry at being excluded from the Law Society’s IT directory, have accused the society of doing its members a disservice by failing to carry out research for the directory properly. The Information Technology Directory, published in August, is sold to members for £35. It aims to “provide guidance on […]

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