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The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

Legal compliance matters to consider for E-Commerce market

By Jocelyn S Paulley The barriers to entry to the world of retail have reduced significantly with the rise of e-commerce. This is not a single route to market as the e-commerce world has developed its own structures, such as selling through aggregators, platforms, highly curated markets, as well as simply through a brand’s own […]

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Midlands care home poisoning case: No5 Chambers lawyers help ensure prosecution

Adrian Keeling QC and Matthew Brook prosecuted the care home poisoning case Melissa Swift of West Bromwich admitted three charges of attempted murder and two counts of making threats to kill. Birmingham Crown Court heard that Swift added bleach to drinks bottles in a communal fridge at Goldfield Court, a care home in West Bromwich. […]

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Last day at MIPIM

Apologies for lateness today. Anyone at MIPIM will understand why. Frankly, you’re lucky to be getting a blog at all. It’s the last day and I see groups of men standing on street corners with suitcases, quietly waiting for their taxis to the airport. They replace the night time corner-dwellers, pneumatic women in towering heels, […]

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Taylor Wessing Singapore member services arm prepares for IPO

Taylor Wessing’s Singapore member firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is preparing to list its professional services arm on the Singapore Stock Exchange’s secondary Catalist board, with a flotation expected in the first quarter of 2016. RHT Holdings, which is currently owned by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s equity partners, is the umbrella company for businesses focusing on compliance, […]

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Where are the women law firm leaders?

Just eight women hold senior management roles in the UK’s top 50 firms despite females dominating the profession at entry level. How can that gulf be closed and what career steps will make the top more reachable? We asked today’s leaders. Gender in law firms is a hot topic, and with a growing number of […]

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