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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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Civil Justice Council line-up is revealed

A MIXED bag of critics and supporters of government policy has been appointed to the new legal watchdog, the Civil Justice Council, due to have its inaugural meeting on 20 March. The 22-strong body will meet four times a year to co-ordinate and oversee changes to the civil justice system. It will be headed by […]

LCD slated for "farcical' IT competitive tendering process

Elizabeth Davidson reports ONLY one bidder has been left in the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s (LCD’s), “competitive” tendering process to supply a computer system for the Magistrates’ Court Service. Two companies were due to put in their bids by 27 May for the project – a private finance initiative to provide a national system known as […]

Cambridge puts dispute resolution on fast track

Cambridgeshire lawyers have launched a fast-track dispute resolution scheme, thought to be only the second such scheme in the country. The Cambridgeshire Arbitration and Mediation Scheme is aimed at disputes in which conventional litigation is uneconomic. It is designed for claims of between £5,000 and £25,000. The scheme provides disputing parties with case managers who […]

Maclays launches IT due diligence venture

Glasgow firm Maclay Murray & Spens has formed a joint marketing venture with a management consultancy to offer clients an IT due diligence package which the firm claims is unique to the British mergers market. Under the arrangement, Maclays will offer clients acquiring new companies the services of Edinburgh-based HD Management’s IT due diligence unit, […]

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Trowers & Hamlins acted for Quadrant Housing Finance, London & Quadrant Housing Trust and London & Quadrant Bexley Housing Association on a £130m Eurobond issue. Clifford Chance acted for the lead manager, Banque Paribas, and Linklaters acted for AMBAC Insurance (UK).

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