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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 […]

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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.

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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

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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The Bar Council’s pupillage clearing system has found itself in the last chance saloon with criticism coming from all quarters. Calls to reform the process have been heard from students and chambers alike, forcing a pledge from the Bar to give more support to the system in the next year. However, if more time had […]

Jones Day continues its London recruitment

Steve Fiamma, head of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in London, has made good on the promise he made in The Lawyer last week to “hire one or two more partners by the end of the year”. He has recruited Robert Thomson, formerly a litigation partner with Denton Hall. Thomson, a litigation specialist, […]

Berrymans and Lace Mawer merge

Berrymans and Lace Mawer have merged to create a national defence insurance law firm, to be called Berrymans Lace Mawer. With 250 fee earners, 80 of them partners, it is by far the largest insurance law firm in the country, and one of the 30 largest law firms overall. The motivation to create the practice […]

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