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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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We are pro pro bono

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 I see that the beatings about pro bono work are going to continue until morale improves (The Lawyer, 21 July). Contrary to your frequent editorials, can I point out that the Law Society is totally supportive of moves to encourage […]

Fat cats and doormats

I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine’s comments on “fat cat” barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system. If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an […]

Burnley appoints new head of legal

Solicitor Freda Sharkey has been appointed as head of legal services at Burnley Borough Council. Sharkey has had an extensive legal career which began at Liverpool City Council while she was studying to become a solicitor. She will replace Roger Hutchinson who is retiring from the Lancashire council. She was articled at Chelmsford Borough Council, […]

In brief: Lay people appointed to OSS committee

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has appointed three lay people and one solicitor to its compliance and supervision committee: Philip Davis, legal/industrial injuries officer at the General, Municipal and Boilermakers trade union, Manjot Dhanjal, senior urban policy officer with Birmingham City Council, Valerie Moore, former head of finance and resources at the National […]

Manches takes over Oxford firm

City firm Manches & Co has taken on five of the seven partners and all four assistants of 224-year-old Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen, nearly doubling the size of its Oxford office. The two remaining Morrell partners – private client lawyer Nigel Roots and property lawyer Richard Bell – are to join Boodle Hatfield’s […]

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