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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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Company law in need of renovation

Robin Potts QC, barrister, Erskine Chambers Peter Charlton, partner, Clifford Chance Peter Graham, head of company department, Paisner & Co Company law is out of date, over-complicated and bears little relation to modern commercial reality. So says the Government’s company law review steering group. The review committee, led by the Department of Trade and Industry, […]

Reuters

In 1851, German-born immigrant Paul Julius Reuter opened an office in the City of London to transmit stock prices between London and Paris via the new Calais-Dover cable. Reuter’s innovative use of technology – two years earlier, he had been using carrier pigeons – has remained a core value of the global news and financial […]

Ignoring world wide webs

City firms appear to be hell-bent on conquering the world. But as Linklaters & Alliance, Cameron McKenna and others march towards global domination, many in-house counsel say that world-wide presence is not a deciding factor when instructing firms for overseas work. David Jackson, company secretary and general counsel at PowerGen, says it “makes no difference” […]

Indemnity issue is about choice

Elizabeth Mullins entirely misses the point in her letter (The Lawyer 15 March) in which she demands an explanation of a “vested interest”. In common law it is generally unnecessary to establish the presence of actual bias – it is enough to establish that a reasonable person, acquainted with the circumstances, would have reasonable grounds […]

Cobbetts snatches Dibbs' DTI contract

THE Department of Trade & Industry has dropped Dibb Lupton Alsop and awarded a lucrative insolvency contract to Dickinson Dees and Cobbetts. Dibbs lost the £1m contract – under which the firm represented the DTI when it disqualified company directors – after it was put out to tender at the beginning of the year. Michael […]

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