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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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BP is demanding access to key billing and financial information held by its external lawyers as part of a review of the energy giant’s global technology requirements. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (17 November), the FTSE 100 company has told firms that, in return for instructions, they must provide electronic intelligence relating to the matters they […]

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It is important to consider mediation in property disputes – not least because the row is often with a neighbour. By Stephen Shaw Most of us in practice will have come across opponents whose attitude to litigation is guided by the advice: “If all else fails, try negotiation.” The encouragement of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) […]

Clifford Chance to close Berlin office

Clifford Chance (CC) is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a management review of profitability. The move, which was announced to the partnership last night, leaves question marks over the destinations of Clifford Chance’s ten partners in the German capital. CC’s Berlin office has been dominated by lower value real estate work, […]

Conference report: The European Legal Summit 2004

From 11-13 November, more than 200 delegates, including 120 in-house heads of legal, gathered in Rome for The Lawyer’s fifth annual conference, held this year in association with Lexis Nexis. Here we review five of the fifteen key sessions that took place Corporate governance – a practical case study A senior Schroders lawyer said the […]

Australia opens indigenous work to private firms

The Australian federal government has launched a tender process for firms interested in providing indigenous legal aid services in Victoria and western Australia. It is the first time that government-funded legal services provided to Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in Australia have been opened up to private law firms. The tendering process will progressively replace […]

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