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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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DLA (Mark Jackson, Steven Fennell, David Breakell) advised PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barclays Bank and GMAC Commercial Credit on the sale of Daisytek-ISA to ISA Trading for in excess of £30m. Dechert acted for ISA Trading. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Robert Sullivan, Cliff Gross, Carole Aciman, Soorun Youn) represented the Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group in […]

Ashursts backs winner in Europe's largest ever buy-out

In a boost for Ashurst Morris Crisp’s finance practice after the collapse of merger talks with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, the UK firm has scooped the banking mandate for the winning consortium in the Italian yellow pages auction.Clifford Chance was among the advisers brought in for lenders supporting three other bids, but it […]

Simmons stakes all on investment as profits slide

City firm Simmons & Simmons has announced a rise in turnover of 12.6 per cent to £176.9m, but is set to post average profits per equity partner of around £300,000, representing a drop of some 20 per cent.It is the second year in a row that average profits have fallen. In 2002 they fell to […]

Cadwalader and Slaughter and May reunite for MyTravel battle

After Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft was slammed by Mr Justice Jacob for trying to place Slaughter and May client Colt Telecom into administration, the two firms have entered the ring again to fight over the refinancing of MyTravel. Slaughters partner William Underhill, who worked on the Colt litigation, is leading MyTravel’s fraught discussions with its […]

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