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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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In-house Banking and Finance Team of the Year

Standard Chartered Bank 2nd place: Halifax3rd place: Barclays CapitalShortlisted: Capital One, Cr&#233dit Agricole Indosuez, Dresdner Kleinwort BensonThe winner of the In-house Banking and Finance Team of the Year Award, sponsored by Burges Salmon, is Standard Chartered Bank. The in-house legal team, now led by Kate Nealon after Martin Hayman’s retirement, had an exceptional year, with […]

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A round up of stories from the UK and around the world PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), provisional liquidator of the Independent Insurance Company, is set to announce its panel for the run-off work of the collapsed company. National firms Berrymans Lace Mawer, Davies Arnold Cooper and Maidstone-based Davies Lavery – Independent’s claims handling panel prior to its […]

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A popular excuse for the hundreds that flocked to the Global Asset Securitisation Conference in Barcelona last month was “I’m here to network”

Herbert Smith HK partner defects to Clifford Chance

Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office has lost litigation partner Martin Rogers to Clifford Chance. Described locally as a “major coup”, Rogers’ departure has created waves in the Hong Kong market as his 11-year tenure at Herbert Smith demonstrated a long-term commitment to the firm’s principal base in Asia.Rogers will join Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong litigation […]

Pillsbury shifts 80 lawyers from DC to Northern Virginia

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop is relocating the bulk of the lawyers in itsWashington DC office into high-tech Northern Virginia. Historically, the firm has had over 100 lawyers in DC compared with around 10 in Northern Virginia. But now most of those will move over, taking the Northern Virginia practice to around 80 lawyers and DC […]

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