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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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Success fees set to soar

Lawyers can expect a massive hike in success fees as a result of government plans to include them in the costs paid by losing defendants, according to leading personal injury lawyer Martyn Day. Speaking at the first Institute of Barristers’ Clerks conference, held on 18 July, Day predicted the reform, which seems likely to be […]

SIF faces test case challenge. By Shaun Pye

A SOLE practitioner has applied to the High Court for leave to challenge his Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) bill. If Portsmouth-based sole practitioner Michael Dalton wins leave to judicially review the Law Society, when his application is heard in August, it will be the first time that SIF has faced such a challenge. Dalton’s application […]

Focus: Television justice. Shortfalls of a TV plea

Vera Baird asks whether Clear My Name can be more than entertainment. Vera Baird is a criminal barrister at 14 Tooks Court.That the team who made Channel 4’s Trial and Error sought to correct miscarriages of justice is beyond question. The series highlighted the cases of Sheila Bowler, released from a life sentence for the […]

Forsters puts its faith in Norwel for August launch. By Elizabeth Davidson

NEW commercial firm Forsters is celebrating the installation of a practice management system in time for its 1 August launch – just six weeks after the system was first commissioned. The 60-lawyer practice – created by 11 Frere Cholmeley Bischoff partners who decided not to take part in Freres’ merger with Eversheds – chose the […]

English law repo market under threat

A looming rift between two capital markets regulators is threatening the position of London as the centre for resolving disputes in repo transactions. The row concerns the standard contract used to govern repo market deals. The International Securities Market Association (ISMA), with some 770 corporate members in 51 countries, believes that its own six-year-old master […]

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