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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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Banking & Finance Special Report: Bank checks

The recent turmoil in the banking sector has prompted a new regulatory regime aimed at reducing the impact of failed banks. By Nicola Evans Recent events have highlighted a ;number ;of ;serious ­weaknesses ;in ;the ;UK ­regulatory framework. As a consequence, the Treasury, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England (BoE) have […]

US quartet advise on $41bn Merck buyout

A quartet of US firms has won lead roles on Merck’s $41bn acquisition of pharmaceuticals rival Schering-Plough. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partners David Shine, Philip Richter, William Reindel and Damian Ridealgh led a team advising Merck on the deal. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz partner Andy Brownstein advised Schering-Plough. Merck is a longstanding […]

Ogier appoints new managing partner for Jersey

Ogier has appointed advocate Matthew Thompson as managing partner of its Jersey office. Thompson replaces Nick Kershaw who has been promoted to group chief executive. The firm said Thompson would continue with his client work as well as his role as cross-jurisdictional lead for the firm’s litigation practice. The news comes as the firm also […]

HBJ office move points to headcount boost

HBJ Gateley Wareing has taken advantage of the weak property market to move into bigger offices in London. The firm has boosted its office space by 50 per cent after moving from Bishopsgate into Fleet Place House in the City. HBJ currently has 50 staff in London, but plans to hit 75 in the near […]

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