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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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Shoosmiths lawyer completes second edition of Property Development: A Practical Guide

A real-estate lawyer at Shoosmiths has completed the second edition of the successful and popular industry handbook Property Development: A Practical Guide. Gavin Le Chat saw his first legal handbook published in April 2010 after spotting a gap in the market for a comprehensive guide on the subject. Following sales that exceeded expectations and a […]

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Hill Dickinson admits mistake over Christian Candy super-yacht sale

The High Court has ruled that a failure by Hill Dickinson to obtain a guarantee over the condition of a yacht sold by property tycoon Christian Candy did not lead to its client’s losses. Hill Dickinson partner James Lawson had assured his client Michael Hirtenstein post-purchase that the €4.5m yacht came with a personal guarantee […]

No5 Chambers’ Michael Anning defends teenage gunman spared jail

Jack Phillips, defended by Michael Anning of No5 Chambers, has admitted robbery, possessing a firearm with intent to commit robbery and possessing a prohibited weapon and has been spared jail by recorder Michael Elsom, who says his age and the fact others had told him to carry out the act made it an exceptional case. […]

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Law firm start-ups, then and now

The contrasting experience of two technology law firm start-ups in 1994 and 2014 highlights the massive evolution of legal practice in the last 20 years. Law firm IT and regulation have both changed out of all recognition over the past two decades. The first has become a lot more flexible, better and cheaper; the other, much […]

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