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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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City stunned over Simmons

City firm Biddle & Co, advised by design consultancy The Partners, has shortened its name to Biddle, introduced a new blue and red look to all its stationery and promotional literature, as well refurbishing its reception and meeting rooms.

Profession figures in Gay Times celebration

OVER a dozen lawyers will feature in a Top 200 survey of prominent lesbians and gay men commissioned by Gay Times to celebrate its 200th issue in May. Compiler of the law section, Angus Hamilton, himself a gay solicitor, says the task was “nigh on impossible”. His final choice is: Angela Mason, director of Stonewall, […]

JOINT training VENTURES

A commitment to ‘Investors in People’ merely to achieve the kitemark is foolish – firms should be realistic about the time it will take to be true ‘investors in people’. Working closely with Birmingham Tec, some of the major firms in Birmingham are collectively developing projects to help move towards achieving that national standard. Why […]

Litigation Writs 18/04/95

Porsche Cars (GB) is suing Graham Brooks, of Poole, Dorset, who it claims crashed and damaged a Porsche he had taken for a test drive. The claim is for more than u4,000 for the cost of repairs. According to the writ the damage happened to a Porsche 928 during a test drive on 5 May […]

Supreme Court Group gets wired

Caroline Jowett AS part of a continuing programme to improve efficiency, the Supreme Court Group has introduced a series of IT support systems. The programme illustrates the commitment to IT of this court group, which comprises the Court of Appeal Civil Division, the Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions and the Probate Service throughout England […]

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