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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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Subjecting opinions to the immunity test

Jean Graham Hall is co-author of The Expert Witness with Gordon D Smith. Liability is now becoming an important issue for expert witnesses, according to Jean Graham Hall and Gordon Smith. The expert witness, when requested by a solicitor on behalf of a client contemplating litigation to provide an independent report and give evidence, may […]

Merrills turns to Freshfields

Investment bank Merrill Lynch chose Freshfields ahead of Linklaters to advise it on its £3.1bn takeover of Britain’s biggest fund manager, Mercury Asset Management (MAM). The bank’s decision to turn to Freshfields for such a major deal has surprised City lawyers, given Linklaters’ close association with Merrill Lynch. Linklaters advised on the bank’s acquisition of […]

Deloittes legal audit partner to quit

Deloitte & Touche’s head of professional practices, William Barnes, who specialises in auditing law firms, is to leave next spring without a new job to go to. Barnes, who is 42 and has been a Deloittes audit partner for 10 years, said that he had only ever wanted to be in audit for “a certain […]

Stronger in Spain

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its new Spanish office with the addition of four Spanish associates. Squire Sanders now has six lawyers working in Madrid. Corporate specialist Josep Maria Julia becomes the second lawyer to join Squire Sanders from Madrid firm JYB Cremades y Asociados former Cremades tax specialist Javier Santos was […]

In brief: Bar reviews 'fat-cat barrister' costs

The Bar is urgently drafting proposals for slashing costs in high-cost cases, in the wake of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s public attack on “fat-cat barristers” and his legal aid proposals.

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