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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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Deacons and Dunhill tie the knot

Partners at leading Australian firms Deacons and Dunhill Madden Butler have voted in favour of merger. The two firms have been locked in talks for several months (The Lawyer, 12 June) and the merger, which will create a 140-partner firm, will be effective from 1 August. It will operate under the Deacons name. Over the […]

The City is the nucleus of the modern world

I do not think I want my ashes scattered in Moorgate, although there are worse places. The street certainly has endurance. Seen through the rain-smeared window of a cab, it doesn’t look much different from the way it did nearly 40 years ago when I walked down it on the way to my interview for […]

Keith Barnett

Despite some heavyweight clients and major deals under his belt, Garretts’ head of property Keith Barnett believes in a life outside of the profession. Fiona Callister meets this self-confessed Arsenal fanatic Normally when firms win a large deal it is hard to get them to stop talking about it. Not so with Garretts’ head of […]

Cross-border co-operation

Northern Ireland is rebuilding its economy after the strain of many years of war, and law firms which are now cementing relationships with their southern counterparts are reaping the benefits of referral work. Fenella Quinn reports Northern Ireland’s legal scene is certainly not as large as that enjoyed by its southern neighbours, with even the […]

Cloisters left £3m down after split

Matheu Swallow analyses Cloisters’ predicament following the departure of its entire team of criminal barristers The splitting of Cloisters Chambers’ criminal group from its core civil practice leaves question marks over the economics of operating a niche set. The departure of 17 tenants, in addition to the three who have left in the last year, […]

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