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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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Roger Pearson on a tragic case of a young barrister’s parachute accident The High Court ruling two weeks ago on the tragic death of barrister Tatiana Pond in a freak parachute accident, focuses on new areas of sporting liability. Pond died after an 8,000ft parachute drop ended with her landing on the plane from which […]

In brief: Union chief wins election case

Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer has advised on a successful High Court action on behalf of Doug Douglas, the newly elected president of the Graphical, Paper and Media Union. Douglas took the union to court when it backed an attempt to set aside its election ballot result. The Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members […]

Ship dispute steams towards Lords

Roger Pearson reports on limitation clauses in respect of shipping disputes A House of Lords appeal is to be mounted in a case which will probe the application of limitation clauses in respect of shipping disputes. The case centres on an arbitration decision that a ship’s owners, although entitled to indemnity in respect of claims […]

Law Soc may foot u50,000 bill

THE LAW Society could face a u50,000 bill after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal threw out a misconduct case against an assistant solicitor. The tribunal took the unusual step of ordering the society to pay costs after accepting a submission of no case to answer during the hearing. Michael Carroll, of Wilson & Co, was cleared […]

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