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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.

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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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Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for Banco Santander Central Hispano after advising the Spanish bank on its first managed collateralised debt obligation (CDO), and is in line for repeat instructions on the programme. The deal, a managed synthetic CDO, is the first transaction of its type structured by the Spanish bank and […]

Lovells’ German refocus sees Berlin managing partner quit

Lovells’ decision to refocus its German offices along practice sector lines contributed to the departure of Berlin managing partner Nikolaus Ley. As revealed by www. thelawyer.com (24 January), Ley has quit in order to launch his own boutique practice with former Lovells partner Klaus Racky, who retired last October. Both were corporate partners. Lovells has […]

Linklaters loses Brussels IP head to Howrey Simon

Linklaters has lost its Brussels head of IP Carl De Meyer to US firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. De Meyer will be the US firm’s first IP partner in the Brussels office, which until now has concentrated purely on anti-trust, although the firm does already have IP expertise in London and Amsterdam. Linklaters culled […]

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