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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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Norton Rose regains US finance ace

Norton Rose has taken on an acquisition finance partner from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in New York. Tom Speechley, who worked for Norton Rose’s acquisition finance group from 1992 to 1998, returned to the firm on 1 May following a three-year stint in the US. His experience is in US buyouts and in the […]

Rebel Code by Glyn Moody, published by Allen Lane (ISBN 0713995203)

This book is about one of the most important issues facing anyone involved in IT or new media. It should be required reading for techies because it puts the fundamental power shifts taking place in the software marketplace into historical context. The Open Source movement has so frightened Bill Gates that last week he announced […]

Shearmans reshuffles key partners in the UK and US

New York firm Shearman & Sterling is reshuffling its Silicon Valley management and sending out one of its senior London partners. Head of the Bay Area Peter Lyons will return to New York after just one year in the post. He will be replaced by London partner John Wilson, a senior US securities lawyer who […]

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Has anyone noticed the similarity between Eversheds’ national head of biosciences Patrick Farrant and Nigel Short, the chess grandmaster? It smacks of yet another example of law firms getting into the cloning business and reproducing the country’s finest brains to bill, bill, bill. More interestingly, though, Nigel Short is an anagram for “loser thing”, “English […]

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