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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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What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports This year saw the first major revision of the personal insolvency provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 come into effect. On 1 April the amendments to the Insolvency Act came into effect through […]

Dickinson Dees retains Braithwaite as leader

Neil Braithwaite has seen off a challenge from litigation partner Jen Smurthwaite to secure a third term as managing partner of Dickinson Dees following the first contested election at the Newcastle-based firm in more than seven years. Braithwaite, who has held the post since 1997, was voted in for a further three-year term following last […]

Brighton ruck

Perhaps it’s because of election year, but there was precious little legal presence at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Tulkinghorn’s mole found many exhibits advertising charities and trade unions, but only one dedicated legal stand. The Law Centres Federation was there to advertise its work for those who cannot afford legal advice, […]

Four fit for forfeits

Taylor Wessing showcased its new managing partner Mike Frawley’s talents when it hosted an all-star quiz show on 22 September. Lawyers and staff from across the firm descended on the boardrooms to witness the four contestants squirm during three quick-fire rounds of questions. The quizmaster was a mean-looking Anne Robinson clone in the shape of […]

Blandy takes on Manches family law partner

Manches have lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy. Kerry Fretwell joins the Reading firm as a partner, specialising in ancillary relief and cases involving children and is part of the Solicitors Family Law Association Training Committee. Fretwell was also involved in setting up the Collaborative Family Law Group. This […]

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