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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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Challenge to extension of deaf allowance

Government moves are under way in a bid to snatch back a legal victory won by 20-year-old Rebecca Fairey, of Newark, Nottinghamshire, who has beaten deafness to become a nursery nurse. Earlier this year she won a landmark ruling at the Court of Appeal which promised to benefit other deaf people. The ruling entitled her […]

Firm gets IT manager

Linda Tsang reports Manchester firm Cobbett Leak Almond has appointed Neil Davies as IT manager for its city centre offices. Davies will oversee all aspects of IT development for the firm’s 180 staff. The firm’s managing partner Stephen White commented: “This appointment will enable the firm to take advantage of current and predicted technical advances […]

Group welcomes Quebec connection

QUEBEC firm Joli-Coeur Lacasse Lemieux Simard St-Pierre has become the thirteenth practice admitted to international network the Pannone Law Group. The firm, which has offices in French-speaking Trois-Rivieres and Sainte-Foy, joins practices in sites including the UK, Paris, Barcelona, Milan and Stockholm. The group, established in 1989 by Manchester practice Pannone & Partners, was the […]

YSG probes advocacy 'problem'

AN OPEN meeting is being held this week in a bid to encourage more solicitor advocates to apply for higher court rights of audience. The open meeting at the Law Society’s council chamber on Friday is being organised by the Young Solicitors Group which says it is “very concerned” at the “extremely limited take-up” of […]

IT is regions' secret weapon

Linda Tsang reports SOPHISTICATED IT systems are forming part of an arsenal of weapons enabling regional practices to compete with their City counterparts. Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson recently demonstrated the benefits of its newly-installed document management system at a presentation attended by the firm’s clients and intermediaries. These included representatives from Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG […]

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