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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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Gloves off in Mears-Sayer war of words

Law Society vice-president Robert Sayer and former president Martin Mears have started a vicious public row over reforms to the Law Society. Mears has written a graphic piece in this week’s New Law Journal attacking the proposed reforms and Sayer’s role in them and has written to Sayer personally saying: “You have for all practical […]

No joy for director in Guinness case

A recent High Court ruling could reduce the copyright protection available to makers of films and videos, writes Roger Pearson. THE high Court decision by Mr Justice Rattee in the case of Norowzian v Arks and ors is seen as being of major importance to the film and advertising industries and has sent ripples across […]

In brief: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners – from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review – together with a formal interim review after six months – and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management […]

Hambro success proof of public's disaffection

The Lawyer’s revelation that estate agency giant Hambro Countrywide has undertaken 15,000 conveyancing instructions in the last nine months signals the end of solicitors’ traditional dominance of the market. With a slick, telephone-based conveyancing service operating extended hours, seven days a week, Hambro has shown that consumers are often confused and unhappy with the traditional […]

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