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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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Amnesty urges action over jailed Algerian lawyer

Amnesty International is calling on British lawyers to take “urgent action” on behalf of an Algerian lawyer jailed after a trial which Amnesty said “clearly violated international standards”. Human rights lawyer Rachid Mesli was sentenced to three years in prison in Algeria this month on charges of having “encouraged terrorism”. But Amnesty spokeswoman Aminah Magambo […]

Better cover all-round

David Butti looks at the increasing use of indemnities to provide extra cover against litigation in property transactions. David Butti is legal indemnities manager at Greystoke Legal Services. It seems that a growing awareness of rights and entitlements is creating an increasingly litigious society. Consequently, the past few years have seen a proliferation of many […]

'He is good for social justice but he sometimes goes too far”

Pensions Ombudsman Julian Farrand’s recent public attack on an Eversheds partner has unearthed deep-rooted feelings of discontent, says Robert Lindsay. There has not been anybody quite like him since Lord Denning. He is good for the legal profession and good for social justice… but he sometimes goes a little bit too far.” – Taylor Joynson […]

Inspectors to probe chambers training

CHAMBERS may be subjected to regular inspections to check up on how they are treating their pupils as part of an overhaul of the pupillage system designed to boost its credibility. A working party of The Bar Council and the Inns of Courts has released a consultation document which outlines a series of options for […]

Is joint venture a new way of saying US alliance?

Simmons & Simmons says it has found a new way to get US law capability – form a limited joint venture with a US firm. Mention the word “alliance” rather than “merger” and apply it to US and UK law firms, and managing partners shake their heads wisely before pooh-poohing the idea. “History is littered […]

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