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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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Firms lift lid on earnings

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has emerged as the highest-earning legal firm in The Lawyer’s analysis of its most comprehensive list of financial figures supplied by the profession. The firm brought in u56 million last financial year to head a list of those prepared to give income details. Dibbs was followed by Leeds-based Hammond Suddards with u33 […]

Outing top figures

ONE fifth of firms surveyed in the The Lawyer’s Top 100 decided to bite the bullet and take the lid off their fee earning figures for their most recent full financial year. The list includes three from Leeds: Dibb Lupton, Hammond Suddards and Booth & Co – never afraid to take the lead. The major […]

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“No win no fee” looks set to get rubber stamp

LAWYERS will be entitled to work on a “no win no fee” basis within months if plans put to Parliament are approved. The scheme will establish conditional fee agreements for personal injury and insolvency cases and those before the European Court of Human Rights and European Commission. In successful cases lawyers will be entitled to […]

In brief: Young Bar groups' stage liability event

The European Young Bar Association in conjunction with the Rotterdam and Dordrecht Young Bar Association and the Hamburg Young Lawyers Group is holding a one-day seminar in Rotterdam next month. The seminar, which will address the issue of civil liability resulting from the carriage of dangerous goods, is aimed at those practising maritime and general […]

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