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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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Pillsbury axes ten per cent of NY associates

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has become the latest victim of the downturn, announcing layoffs in its New York office. Following in the footsteps of Shearman & Sterling, revealed by The Lawyer to be the first New York firm to make major cutbacks (The Lawyer, 29 October), Pillsbury Winthrop is axing 10 per cent of its […]

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Wilmer Cutler’s acquisition of the delightfully-named Quack – the last remaining part of Gaedertz – shows what US firms in Germany can achieve outside the glare of Frankfurt. Wilmer Cutler set up in Berlin at a time when the city was a legal backwater dominated by old-school firms. For the rest of the decade Andreas […]

DLA seeks licence to open in Shanghai

DLA has applied for a licence to open an office in China. If the licence is granted, the national firm will set up a base in Shanghai. Managing partner Nigel Knowles said: “No serious business can ignore China. With it being only days away from membership of the World Trade Organisation, there is no doubt […]

Linklaters and Gianni set to strengthen relationship

Discussions centre on joint marketing and training; future merger not ruled out Linklaters and Italian ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners have launched a review of their alliance aimed at strengthening integration between their practices.The review marks a turning point in Linklaters’ relationship with Gianni Origoni, which was a latecomer to the Linklaters & Alliance […]

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