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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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Acting confidently to build confidence

Certain sections of the media took great pleasure in reporting allegations about goings on at Cameron McKenna and its CIS group. For a while the hacks were round the door writing stories of wrongdoing at the heart of a profession that just a few weeks earlier The Lawyer had reported to be riding high as […]

Stephenson Harwood on standby for Nationwide

Stephenson Harwood is being put on hold by first time client Nationwide over its plan to sue Barclays. The firm had been fighting Nationwide’s corner in a dispute over Barclays’ proposed £1 charge to non-customers for use of its cashpoint, which the bank plans to introduce next month. Nationwide gave Barclays until 23 September to […]

Mid-size firms struggle to keep pace

Lawyers celebrating after The Lawyer 100 revealed that firms broke through the £5bn fee income barrier over the last 12 months should pause for thought. The underlying trend for fees and profits shows that increases in these areas have significantly declined. Last week, a survey by The Lawyer and PricewaterhouseCoopers indicated that fees have only […]

Chinese walls knocked down in Australia

A landmark ruling in Australia is likely to spell the end for “Chinese walls” in law firms down under. The decision by the Western Australia (WA) Supreme Court in Perth may also have serious implications for firms looking to merge because of ensuing conflicts of interest. Top-10 Australian firm Philips Fox has been ordered to […]

Solicitors excused from court

The Law Society has changed its rules to excuse solicitors from their duty to attend court in some civil and criminal cases where counsel has been instructed. Under the old rule, solicitors could be disciplined for failing to attend, even if they were not actually needed or where clients could not recover costs from their […]

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