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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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City accusations send sparks flying

Robert Mendick reports on the knee-jerk reactions that followed accusations of money laundering by some City firms. City pages edited by Richard Tyler. Last week, Simon Goddard, of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), revealed exclusively to The Lawyer that six big City law firms were under investigation for their links with organised crime. “We […]

Strategies for dealing with the Russian crisis

Russia’s debt problems and the general global financial crisis are set to tax the skills of firms specialising in providing restructuring advice, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is a partner in Cameron McKenna’s corporate recovery and restructuring department. The corporate recovery and restructuring groups in legal and accountancy practices throughout the City have spent the […]

Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

In brief: Paisners and Charles Russell 'bubbling under'

Paisner & Co and Charles Russell have issued performance figures for last year which show they are among those firms “bubbling under” The Lawyer’s Top 50 fees table, published last week. Both Paisners, which has 36 equity partners, and 37-equity partner Charles Russell enjoyed a good year. Paisners reported gross fees of £18.8m, average profits […]

Good sport for in-house lawyers. By Matheu Swallow.

Working in-house enables lawyers to concentrate on all aspects of sports law Perhaps the only lawyers who can claim to be purely sports lawyers are those practising in-house. There is a growing trend to carry out work in-house, particularly within sports governing bodies. The staple diet of an in-house sports lawyer can include sponsorship and […]

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