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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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Partners at war

Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners are prime candidates. And the 20 or so partners who marched out of Dibb Lupton Alsop earlier this month could probably testify to the need for it. It might go against the grain, but seeking the help of external counsellors – who assess personalities, work out individuals’ values and goals and […]

Hugh James to merge with Ford Simey

WELSH giant Hugh James is to merge with the Exeter-based firm Ford Simey Daw Roberts in response to changes in the insurance sector. Ford Simey head of insurance Paul Derbyshire says: “The move is insurance-driven. We had been working alongside each other on the Commercial Union panel, and have the same litigation philosophy.” The new […]

Berrymans' Taylor takes new role

BERRYMANS Lace Mawer has changed its partnership constitution to formalise Paul Taylor’s position as national senior partner. A new post has been created for Taylor, giving him a co-ordinating role to help consolidate the firm’s recently merged northern and southern offices. Taylor says he has resigned from the management board to take up the post. […]

When partnership pitfalls are greater than the perks

Carry out a straw poll on what thrusting young things fresh out of law school dream of, and for most of them the job title “partner” would come marginally ahead of the top-of-the-range convertible. To come to the end of your career still as an assistant would, to many, be tantamount to failure, but attaining […]

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