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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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New advice manager

Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice has appointed Teresa Fritz as its South East development manager. Fritz, who has previously worked in the life and pensions sector with Skandia, JRA, and Barclays Insurance Services, will be based at SIFA’s Epsom office.

Defence with a cool passion

Stephen Pollard is calm. The media is baying at his door, and one of the world’s most uncompromising jurisdictions is trying to extradite his client – he has a legal fight of Herculean proportions on his hands. He is calm because it is in his nature to be calm and because his personal policy as […]

A&O partner lines up for SPI president

Gordon Stewart, one of the City’s top insolvency lawyers and partner at Allen & Overy, is the first lawyer to be appointed vice-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI). Stewart, a licensed insolvency practitioner, is almost certain to become the society’s first lawyer president. Meanwhile Colin Bird, the well-known senior corporate recovery partner […]

In brief: Young professionals join forces in London

Young solicitors, accountants and chartered surveyors have joined forces to form the London Young Professionals Group (LYPG). The group, formed to promote co-operation and understanding between younger members of the three professions, will publish papers and articles and liaise as a united organisation with professional bodies. Members will also meet for lectures, discussions and social […]

Patent battle may go to Lords

A legal battle over patents for plastic nets may go to the House of Lords. In 1992 the High Court ruled that two nets patents held by PLG Research were invalid as no inventive step had been used to arrive at their design. But, last November the Court of Appeal held the nets were covered […]

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