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Relief for retailers in ATM business rates decision

By Matthew Forrest External facing supermarket cash machines are not to be separately assessed for business rates, the Court of Appeal has ruled today in Cardtronics Europe Ltd (and others) v Sykes and others [2018] EWCA Civ 2472. The Court had to decide the correct legal approach to the rating of external ATMs in supermarkets, shops […]

Disentangling the scope of an inquest

By Nageena Khalique QC Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors. [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here). On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest […]

Austria: The Jewel in the Crown

By Sebastian Lukic Pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU“), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) shall give preliminary rulings, at the request of courts or tribunals of the Member States, on the interpretation of Union law or the validity of acts adopted by […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

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DLA’s merger prospect in talks with fellow US firm

Piper Rudnick is moving to bolster its presence on the US West Coast as it moves towards finalising merger talks with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Gray Cary, best known for its Californian IT and media practices, represents an attractive proposition for Piper Rudnick, whose West Coast operations are currently limited to bases in Los […]

Fleury’s dreams fall apart

Seven partners have left: can the Dutch star pull CC’s practice back from the brink? By Steve Hoare When Clifford Chance’s communications, media and telecommunications (CMT) group head Joachim Fleury transferred to London from Amsterdam in 2001, there was much fanfare about a global assault on the technology market. Fleury was one of the firm’s […]

T-Mobile reshuffles legal post-Chain

T-Mobile is restructuring its legal department following the departure of its longstanding general counsel. Julia Chain, general counsel at T-Mobile for six years, as well as being company director, is leaving on 1 October to join legal specialists Jomati Consultants to provide strategic advice to in-house lawyers. Her role will be taken by her deputy […]

France Telecom gears up to appoint new legal panel

France Telecom is completing a full-scale review of its legal advisers and has promised that some of its existing advisers will be dropped. The French national telecoms provider already has framework agreements in place with 10 law firms, but after a new review procedure involving 60 law firms, a new list will be produced by […]

Minter Ellison scoops Masons lawyer for Shanghai head

Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead. David Cox has been appointed to the newly created position of head of the firm’s Shanghai office. He replaces senior associate YiYi Wu who has been the firm’s key contact point in Shanghai, following the official opening of […]

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