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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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In brief: Talks tackle end-of-life electronics

EU commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard will discuss the growing legal issues surrounding the management of end-of-life electronic products at a conference in London next year. The event, to be held at the US Embassy on 6 and 7 February, will include Lovell White Durrant among its sponsors. Speakers will consider the environmental, legal and economic problems […]

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The financial difficulties facing small law firms in the UK was revealed in the end of year profitability study by consultants Grant Thornton. The survey backs up the findings of The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand study earlier this year which sounded alarm bells for smaller practices. With partners earning around £23,000 in one in four small […]

Quality counts…

Quality accreditation generates a mixed response from the profession. Some lawyers are extremely enthusiastic about the concept, citing their latest system for quality. Others yawn, regarding it as a money-spinner for the consultants. However, as the Legal Aid Practitioners Group has rightly pointed out, a quality agenda has developed. It says the profession was “too […]

Open doors for an open judiciary

The Lord Chancellor has announced the introduction of new procedures to deal with the appointment of assistant recorders. Assistant recordership is one of the principal points of entry to the judiciary and is a testing ground for those who wish to progress to the Circuit Bench. The extension of the new procedures to this level […]

In brief: Media barrister takes up professor's post

A barrister from 5 New Square chambers has been awarded a professorship at the European Media Business School. Tony Martino, an entertainment and intellectual property specialist, is teaching entertainment law and practice in Rome and London on a new Masters course which combines the media and the law. The course which trains its students to […]

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