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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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Chasing the debt

The growth in cross-border trading activity, particularly since 1992, has meant the problem of late payment has emerged on a new stage. Statistics show that debts are paid more quickly by debtors in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Indeed, many UK companies find northern European customers pay up more quickly than those in the […]

Pannone Napier dissolves

PANNONE Napier – the joint venture partnership set up by former Law Society president Rodger Pannone and leading personal injury lawyer Michael Napier – has dissolved. The specialist multi-party action firm, which brought in 50 partners from Sheffield’s Irwin Mitchell and Manchester-based Pannone & Partners, was the first of its kind when it was formed […]

Asim boosts membership intake

The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) has accepted three new full members and now boasts more than 50 firms. Batten & Co of Yeovil, Brachers of Maidstone, and Wilsons of Salisbury have all taken on investment managers and are capitalising on strong private client departments. Asim now has 20 full members with combined portfolios […]

Antiques or old lace?

William Rouse advises solicitors to be more realistic when valuing estates Six hundred pounds was the sum the solicitor agreed to, but thanks to a thoughtful neighbour (a policeman) who bought in professional valuers, the contents of a deceased’s estate went for u15,000. This happens all the time. A solicitor’s job is to yield the […]

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