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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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Litigation Writs 01/08/95

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Leeds firm revamps litigation software

Helen Sage reports Five-partner Leeds firm, Nelson & Co is developing the debt recovery work in its commercial litigation department with help from specialist legal software created by Linetime. The software, Debtime, is a County and High Court debt recovery package which helps the firm provide a more efficient service. Head of Nelsons’ commercial litigation […]

Sullivan & Cromwell opens Frankfurt 'finance' office

NEW YORK firm Sullivan & Cromwell has opened its first German office in the finance capital of Frankfurt. Launched on the back of a sizeable contract as US counsel to the global co-ordinators and international underwriters for the privatisation of Deutsche Telecom, the Frankfurt office is permanently staffed by two lawyers, including office head and […]

In brief: Line-up for international banking event

Clifford Chance partner Michael Bray, William Blair QC, and New York-based Shearman & Sterling partner Ronald DeKoven are among the speakers listed for this year’s International Banking Law Conference to be held at London’s Claridges in October. Issues to be discussed include insolvencies in Eastern Europe, State aid and the international banking community, and rights […]

Hoover fails to stem tide of flight compensation claims

HOOVER has failed in its latest attempt to fight a multi-million pound compensation claim from customers who say they were “duped” by the company in its free flights promotion. The appeal by Hoover to the St Helens County Court was dismissed by Judge Peter Urquhart who found in favour of claimants. Urquhart supported a decision […]

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