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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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Rose heralds the virtual chambers

Anthony Rose, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s former corporate head, is to set up a “virtual” law chambers along with five other leading City partners. Rose, who left Barlows in April to set up a sole practice, aims to launch the chambers, Hampden Legal, in the New Year. It will provide back-office services to a network […]

Injustice done to small firms

I was very interested to read your report (The Lawyer, 3 November) about the Government’s bid to stem the PFI gold rush frenzy. I was even more surprised by Denton Hall’s comment about the unacceptably low quality of service from some smaller firms. Categorising smaller or bigger firms on quality of service does not add […]

In brief: Irvine advised to extend rights of audience

The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct has advised the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to extend rights of audience to patent agents in intellectual property cases, including appeals from the High Court.

Spotlight: Genealogy:Making the most of gene genius

Tracking down lost beneficiaries may seem like the ideal task for a trainee, but employing experts makes financial sense for a firm, says Linda Tsang. Unsurprisingly, now is a busy time to be a solicitor winding up an estate. As one genealogist comments, many beneficiaries who have been told that they may be entitled to […]

Neil White on how far the Reynolds case bolsters free speech

Neil White is litigation partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett. The Court of Appeal decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers and Ors has been hailed as a breakthrough for free speech – but is it really quite such an advance? Reynolds, former Irish Taoiseach, said The Times had accused him of lying to parliament and sued […]

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