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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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DMH, Osborne Clarke lawyers set up IP/IT firm

Osborne Clarke lawyers set up IP/IT firm” />A new three-partner IP/IT boutique called iLaw Legal Services is being launched in September by lawyers from Osborne Clarke and DMH Stallard. The launch of iLaw follows the launch of IP/IT boutiques such as m-Law, New Media Law and Technology Law Alliance in recent years. The rise of […]

Web week 14/08/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. Pleasure and pain The Liverpool Echo had the scoop on the most bizzare legal story of the […]

Dundas hires FFW partner for London real estate push

Dundas & Wilson has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Kenneth Maxwell to lead its property finance team. Maxwell will join Dundas’ London office after five years as a partner at Field Fisher. He will focus on the mid to high value property market, and will be charged with growing the firm’s real estate finance practice. […]

Arnold & Porter and Travers advise Lerner on Aston Villa acquisition

Arnold & Porter, Hammonds and Travers Smith all won places on Randy Lerner’s £62.6m takeover of Aston Villa Football Club. Arnold & Porter is a main adviser to American billionaire Lerner and his family estate in the US, and was brought in to advise on the bid. The team was led by London corporate partner […]

Human Rights Watch labels Israeli/Hezbollah attacks as war crimes

International human rights groups have slammed the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) investigation into the air-missile attack on the Lebanese village of Qana, dismissing it as “a whitewash”. The IDF investigation concluded that it has “operated according to information that the building was not inhabited by civilians”. However, Amnesty International says that survivors interviewed by its […]

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