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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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Quote of the week

“What am I going to do with it? I really don’t know. I really don’t know at all.” – Gareth Quarry on the quandary of having an extra £31.8m after the sale of recruitment consultancy QD.

BP Amoco matches City firms’ salaries

BP Amoco’s in-house legal department is entering the bidding war for lawyers by reviewing its pay structure to bring it in line with City rates. BP Amoco group general counsel Peter Bevan has commissioned a report to review rates of pay for lawyers from newly-qualified associates up to partner level. He says: “If you take […]

Oppenhoffs set for rejig after merger

Oppenhoff & Rädler is undergoing a radical over-haul following its decision to merge with Linklaters. Last week, partners at the German and UK firms voted in favour of a full merger, which will be effective from 1 January. However, 20 per cent of Oppenhoffs’ 116 partners are considering quitting the firm. It is understood they […]

Manches

Manches represented Durlacher on establishing a separately funded vehicle to invest in the European applications service providers (ASP) market. The new venture, entitled App-X, has received £10m from private investors, which will eventually hold a 62.5 per cent stake in the vehicle. Durlacher has invested £600,000 in cash and a percentage of its minority stakes […]

Berwin Leighton launches web-based joint venture with Deloitte & Touche

Berwin Leighton has become the latest firm to join the dotcom world by launching a joint venture with accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche – and has already considered the option of floating. The firms have jointly invested £5m in setting up an internet venture dubbed Be-Professional, which aims to deliver basic professional services to small […]

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