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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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Legal Services Act: independent bar will fight to survive

Barely is the ink dry on the Legal Services Act 2007 than people are beginning to speculate on what the future holds. Will legal services be provided from alternative business structures (ABSs)? Will private equity funds invest in partnerships? Will the Government try to use its muscle to procure legal aid services through one-stop shops […]

Latham scores Milan coup with Bonelli raid

Latham & Watkins has ramped up its European presence with five star hires from Italian corporate powerhouse Bonelli Erede Pappalardo. Former Bonelli finance partner Andrea Novarese and M&A partners Maria Cristina Storchi, Fabio Coppola, Tommaso Amirante and Simone Monesi increase the total number of partners in Latham’s Milan office from one to six. Latham Italian […]

Wedlake Bell elects new leader and institutes supporting role

Commercial City firm Wedlake Bell has elected a new managing partner and created a new non-fee-earning role of chief executive to implement firm strategy. Commercial property partner Philip Matthews will take over as managing partner in April 2008 from Julian Cuppage, who has led the firm for 10 years. Wedlake is still looking for someone […]

BPI hires new general counsel

The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free. Whitehead will take over the role in March 2008 from Simon Baggs, a partner at media firm Wiggin who has filled the position temporarily as acting general […]

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