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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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SFO must share delay blame

Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials – reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate. […]

LCD boost to CAB advice

A three-year-old project to advise litigants in person at the High Court through a Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) is set to expand, after being praised by a report from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD). An LCD report published last week found that most of the 1,000 clients using the office each year were “completely satisfied” […]

Linklaters finds new guardian in Angel

Linklaters’ management board has selected 45-year-old head of tax Tony Angel as its new managing partner to replace Terence Kyle. Angel emerged as the favoured candidate over the other front-runner – litigation partner Diana Good – after the management board took partnership soundings last week. There was no vote. His appointment is a vote of […]

SIF chair is far from 'jubilant'

THE lead story “SIF fudge infuriates City firms” (The Lawyer, 29 September) described my mood as “jubilant” following the council meeting. My mood was far from jubilant. I was encouraged by the support shown for mutuality, but am conscious that much is to be done as we investigate offering choice in how the profession purchases […]

Financing

Michael Kenny of Watson Farley & Williams advised French utilities company Vivendi and its subsidiary Tysely Finance on an £88m issue to refinance construction of a Midlands waste-to-energy plant. Pinsent Curtis acted for Tysely Waste

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