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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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Justice urges appeal reforms

CAMPAIGNING group Justice is demanding radical reforms to the workings of the criminal Court of Appeal. Changes to the leave stage, the role of the single judge and clarification of the grounds of appeal are among many proposals outlined in its report, ‘Remedying miscarriages of Justice’. Justice also sets out its blueprint for the new […]

Young lawyers set up Brussels group

EUROPEAN Commission vice-president Sir Leon Brittan QC will be the first speaker to address the newly formed Brussels Young Solicitors’ Group (YSG). Formed at an inaugural meeting last week, the group has already signed 50 members and more are expected to join. The group is being co-ordinated by an organising committee, including Taylor Joynson Garrett’s […]

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Charity law group plans legislation

THE CHARITY Law Association (CLA) is to present draft legislation on the constitution of charities to the Home Office next year. The association is sponsoring research at Liverpool University with the aim of finding a simple system to replace the present web of regulations. CLA chair Anne Marie Piper says directors of charities with ordinary […]

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