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 […]
By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval. It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]
By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]
By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]
By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.
By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS). The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]
By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]
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.
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 […]
Baker McKenzie has partnered up with A&O startup Avvoka in a bid to develop new technology applications, The Lawyer has learnt. Created in 2016 by former solicitors David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, the digital platform allows businesses to automatically create, e-sign and store contracts online. The duo joined Fuse, A&O’s startup incubator, in September 2017 and […]
Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand has fought off competition from Paris head Yves Wehrli to claim victory in the magic circle firm’s senior partner elections. Ouwehand will replace incumbent Malcolm Sweeting when his term comes to an end next year. He will be in the role from 2019 to 2023. Ouwehand had been described by internal […]
Squire Patton Boggs‘ former London managing partner is to leave the firm, months after it was revealed that the firm’s global head would be relocating from the US to the City. Litigator Robert Weekes stepped down from his leadership role in April, as Squires’ global managing partner Stephen Mahon relocated to London to take over. […]
Taylor Wessing has been drafted in to advise on a new 1,000ft tall skyscraper in the heart of the City’s financial district, tenderly dubbed The Tulip. The firm is acting for J. Safra Group, which is owned by Brazilian billionaire banker Joseph Safra and whose London empire also includes the neighbouring Gherkin. The Lawyer understands that […]