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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 […]

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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

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Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is launching in Brazil following an upsurge in investment flowing in and out of the country. Conyers Dill e Pearman (Brazil) Servicos de Consultoria will open today (1 December), with partner Alan Dickson running the office as managing partner. He will be joined by partner Benjamin Dyer, who is […]

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Berryman lays off 12; Berrymans hiring 12

Nottingham firm Berryman has made several redundancies. It is understood that 12 have lost their jobs in total, although the firm has not yet confirmed specific numbers. Chairman Richard Brackenbury said: “The pressures on businesses throughout the UK caused by the current economic downturn are obvious. For any business, the basic task is keeping profit […]

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