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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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A historic art with a bright future

The Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine argues that today, a new type of advocacy is needed for a reformed justice system. More than 40 years ago, Norman Birkett argued that advocacy was the art of persuasion and presentation – an observation, he noted, that the Roman rhetorician Quintilian had originally made some 1800 years before. In […]

BT joint venture driven by team of 15

British Telecom has used an even bigger team of in-house lawyers on its AT&T joint venture than it used on its aborted £12bn-megamerger with MCI. American Jack Greenberg, director of legal services for BT’s global communications arm, headed a team of 15 in-house lawyers worldwide, which pulled together the complicated agreement that will create a […]

Human rights awards

Croatian lawyer Vesna Alaburic and former senator George Mitchell were the recipients of this year’s annual International Human Rights awards from the ABA Sector of Litigation. Alaburic was honoured for her work, often on a pro bono basis, defending journalists accused of publishing critical articles about the government. Senator Mitchell was recognised for his work […]

Dibbs in £150m Lloyd's victory

Dibb Lupton Alsop is ready to recover £150m from 500 refusenik Lloyd’s Names following a Court of Appeal victory last month. The 500 Names had applied for leave to appeal an earlier High Court ruling that they owed Lloyd’s £150m. But the Appeal Court refused leave to appeal at the end of last month and […]

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