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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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11 KBW set to expand following turnover hike

Employment set 11 King’s Bench Walk (11 KBW) has grown turnover by 21 per cent, signalling an expansion push and a search for new offices. Chambers income rose to £13.6m from £11.2m. Barristers voted down a proposal to move to Staple Inn, and instead adopted a scheme to lease 15 new rooms in neighbouring 10 […]

Shearman to migrate Hong Kong staff to new Shanghai office

Shearman & Sterling is gearing up to launch in Shanghai within the year, with plans to transfer a large section of its Hong Kong team across to the new office. Beijing managing partner Lee Edwards said the firm expected to have the Shanghai office, its second in mainland China, operational by the fourth quarter of 2006 or the […]

White & Case wins Ashurst star

White & Case has poached M&A and corporate finance specialist Philip Broke from Ashurst as the US firm’s new co-head of the London corporate practice. Broke joins the New York-based firm as a partner and co-head of UK corporate alongside London senior partner Peter Finlay, focusing on M&A and corporate finance transactions involving investment banks, […]

Firms fill up on Exxon settlement

You pay peanuts you get monkeys, so they say. But if you pay $250m (£135.9m) you get Miami firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. For a little more than $53m (£28.8m) you get Pertnoy Solowsky and Allen. The two firms represented 11,000 petrol stations in a class action suit against ExxonMobil. They claimed […]

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