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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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Lawyers will pay the price

Lawyers see the introduction of conditional fee agreements as a government cost-cutting exercise that could damage the honour and integrity of their profession, says Orla Cole. Orla Cole is an assistant in the litigation department at O’Reilly Stewart. Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) have not been introduced to date in Northern Ireland but there can be […]

Is NI on track for fast track?

Craig Dunford compares and contrasts how closely Northern Irish reforms will follow the Woolf report for England and Wales. Craig Dunford is a solicitor at John McKee & Son. As civil justice in England and Wales contemplates a future shaped by the Woolf Report, practitioners here in Northern Ireland are now wondering what the Lord […]

Thai Trading case may go to House of Lords

A PETITION for leave to appeal in the Thai Trading v Taylor case has been lodged at the House of Lords – challenging the Court of Appeal’s decision that contingency fee cases are no longer contrary to public policy. In the Appeal Court in February, Lord Justice Millett held that it is lawful for solicitors […]

Who is Buggins now?

If anything were meant to cause Michael Napier to crawl out of the woodwork it was Robert Sayer’s letter to him and David McIntosh last week. It does not seem long ago that Mr Sayer and Mr Mears were on the outside, decrying the right of Buggins to succeed the Law Society presidency. Now notwithstanding […]

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