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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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Two international law firms have announced plans to open new offices in Europe. Stephenson Harwood intends to open an office in Piraeus, Greece, and Freshfields one in Milan, Italy. Stephensons’ office, when it opens in October, will be headed by newly-appointed Greek-speaking shipping partner Nigel Bowen-Morris. Bowen-Morris comes from the Piraeus office of Watson, Farley […]

Conveyancing conflict part II

I could not let Gerald Funnell’s letter (The Lawyer 4 June) over conflict in conveyancing go unanswered. In reply I would point out: Unless and until the Law Society’s own rules completely restrict solicitors’ ability to act for more than one party in all circumstances, then attempts by the Law Society at persuading the Lord […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Matthew Joynes

Matthew Joynes was born in Kent on 6 November 1967. He now lives in London and is company lawyer at publishers Northern and Shell. What was your first job? Ice cream salesman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Something artistic, […]

In brief: Leeds firm takes on Eversheds team

Insolvency lawyer David Hinchliffe joined Leeds commercial firm Walker Morris as a partner this month. Hinchliffe, formerly a senior solicitor at Eversheds in Leeds, is joined by his assistant John Roche and secretary Sharon Dawson. Philip Mudd, head of banking and insolvency at Walker Morris, said: “Our banking and insolvency group, with four existing partners […]

Data protection reviewed

Helen Sage reports The Data Protection Registrar plans to revise and streamline the registration process laid out in the Data Protection Act. Rosemary Jay, legal adviser to the registrar, said the system was set up in 1986 when fewer people used computers and the registry had no experience of data protection registration. The aim of […]

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