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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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Salans develops Europe with Hungarian tie-up

Salans announced on 11 June that it is forging an alliance with 20-fee-earner Hungarian firm Szabo Kovari Tercsak. Szabo’s clients include McDonald’s, Skanska and ING Real Estate. Last September, Salans scooped the lion’s share of the international offices of ill-fated Altheimer & Gray, giving it instant capacity in Bratislava, Bucharest, Istanbul, Prague and Shanghai.

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My, my. The timing couldn’t have been better. A week after Barry O’Brien’s team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was thrown off the M&S bid, Law Society president Peter Williamson was giving delegates at The St Paul risk management conference an insight into the way the new conflicts rules were shaping up. And it looks like […]

Bus spurs lawyers to ‘get on board’ in pro bono week

National Pro Bono Week geared up last Monday (7 June) with the smooth diesel-throated hum of a bus launch in Trafalgar Square, ahead of 38 varied events promoting the pro bono message throughout England and Wales. Trafalgar Square offered the public the first glimpse of a specially designed double-decker bus that set off on a […]

Maples Finance acquires Jersey fund

A financial arm of Cayman Islands firm Maples & Calder has bought a Jersey branch of world-renowned fund manager Gartmore, whose chairman recently took up posts at both Marks & Spencer and the Guardian Media Group. Maples Finance Jersey has acquired Gartmore Fund Managers International, which administers assets valued at £1.7bn, for an undisclosed sum. […]

Howard Kennedy revenues up

Howard Kennedy has reported a 16 per cent rise in revenues to £22m, subject to what managing partner Trevor Newey called the “nonsense” of the debated change in tax on work in progress. Profits were static at £230,000. Last September, Howard Kennedy merged with Amhurst Brown Colombotti, which has associated offices in Denmark, Pakistan, Spain, […]

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