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By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

Legal compliance matters to consider for E-Commerce market

By Jocelyn S Paulley The barriers to entry to the world of retail have reduced significantly with the rise of e-commerce. This is not a single route to market as the e-commerce world has developed its own structures, such as selling through aggregators, platforms, highly curated markets, as well as simply through a brand’s own […]

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SOLICITOR Michael Freeman, acting for Names in the Lloyd’s litigation, has declared himself insolvent and applied for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement after running up debts of u1.5 million. Creditors to Freeman, a partner with Epstein Grower & Michael Freeman, approved an arrangement on 12 September. Among the 21 creditors are seven banks, five credit card […]

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Do Birmingham lawyers believe that there is a place in the city for an Arthur Andersen-style multi-disciplinary practice? “The plan seems to be for a Garrett & Co office to open in every city where there’s an Arthur Andersen office. Obviously, that’s going to have an impact – it’s further competition.” Julian Tonks, senior partner, […]

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The Midlands has faired comparatively well during the recession with most of the larger commercial firms continuing to recruit throughout the last three to four years. This buoyancy has been due mainly to the shake-out in the London market. With many high calibre solicitors entering the recruitment arena, Midlands firms have been able to strengthen […]

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