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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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New rules allow German limited liability practices

GERMAN law firms can now limit liability claims to partnership-owned assets and the individual property of specific lawyers following the introduction of new legislation last month. Brought in via the Statute Concerning Partnerships for Members of the Independent Professions, the rules mark the first creation of a new German legal entity since 1900. The optional […]

Infinity upgrade woos chambers

Helen Sage reports More sets of chambers are installing ACE Systems’ latest version of Infinity software. The new software has attracted both Pick users who have decided to switch from their existing system and Unix users upgrading from the previous version of the software. The strategy planner enables greater user control over data and includes […]

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In brief: War criminal demands Japanese apology

Japanese war criminal Hiroshi Abe has admitted his country maltreated British prisoners during World War II and has called on his government to issue a formal apology. Abe, an engineer in charge of working parties on the Burma-Siam railway, apologised in a statement read in London’s Imperial War Museum. The comments come amid a court […]

Leeds firm revamps litigation software

Helen Sage reports Five-partner Leeds firm, Nelson & Co is developing the debt recovery work in its commercial litigation department with help from specialist legal software created by Linetime. The software, Debtime, is a County and High Court debt recovery package which helps the firm provide a more efficient service. Head of Nelsons’ commercial litigation […]

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