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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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BAE just wants to comply

When Philip Bramwell inherited BAE Systems’ legal team in January it was chaos. It had one of the smallest in-house groups of any FTSE100 company, nobody knew who they reported to and it relied unhealthily on its law firms. When the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation hit, it wasn’t ready for it. The team didn’t […]

Pinsents rebounds with double IP hire

Pinsent Masons has recovered from Mishcon de Reya‘s raid on its IP team with hires from national rival Addleshaw Goddard and the BBC. Addleshaws senior IP litigation associate Iain Connor joins Pinsents as a partner, along with BBC IP lawyer Rebecca Hulmes, who joins as an associate. In September Pinsents IP partner Martyn Hann and […]

Pannone aims to break £50m turnover barrier

Pannone & Partners has announced 22 per cent revenue growth at the half-year stage, with income for the full year predicted to reach £52m. Total turnover was up to £25.9m in the first half of this year, up from £21.2m during the same period last year. During the 2006-07 financial year the firm saw a […]

Baker aims to be shaker in Big Apple

Is there no end to the litany of firms chasing “significant” growth in New York? The latest culprit? Baker & McKenzie. Last month, Bakers held its annual partnership conference in London, a recognition of the fact that the city is now home to the super-global firm’s largest office. Yesterday, members of the firm’s Manhattan management, […]

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