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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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Can pro bono be saved

Last year the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group faced collapse due to a lack of support. Dominic Egan reports on the latest attempt to revive its fortunes. Gross fees for the top dozen firms ranged from £115m to £442m during 1998-99, according to The Lawyer 100, and the average equity partner earned more than £450,000 in […]

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Norton Rose advised Forsakringsbolaget SPP omsesidigt (SPP) and its investment manager Celexa REIM on the £25.5m purchase of White Lion Retail Park. David Sinclair, property partner at Norton Rose, led a team of five on the deal. Osborne Clarke, acted for the seller Wilson Bowden Developments.

Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte’s tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty. Fort, who helped establish Clifford Chance’s Russian practice in November 1997, says his new post is within a much more established practice and will cover a much wider geographical area. He says his new job will be […]

Chadbourne & Parke sued by ex-partner

Stuart A Rosenthal claims he was wrongfully ousted by the firm in violation of the partnership agreement. Chadbourne & Parke however, claims he resigned voluntarily. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn dismissed an action for legal malpractice brought by Rosenthal against the firm, but allowed trial to go ahead over the wrongful dismissal allegations. Rosenthal […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

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