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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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Handle with care: court cameras

While many see US court coverage as reason enough to ban cameras in court, Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam says the opposite is true. Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam is a non-practicing barrister. Louise Woodward has returned to our national lexicon with the Supreme Court of Massachusetts upholding the decision of Judge Hiller B Zoebel. We all have an opinion as […]

Addleshaws loses head of corporate

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co’s highly rated corporate finance team has lost department head Andrew Needham, who is setting up his own firm. Needham – widely seen as a leading corporate finance lawyer in the North West – is co-founding DataGroup, an IT services group. DataGroup plans, with backing from Schroder Ventures, to become a £150m […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 30/6/98

Request by television interviewee for injunctions Robert Bunn v (1) British Broadcasting Corporation (2) Victor Gollancz Ltd (1998) Ch.D (Lightman J) 19/6/9The plaintiff applied ex parte but on notice to the defendants for injunctions. The first was to restrain the first defendant, “the BBC’, from including in a television broadcast, any material contained in an […]

Red card for Halliwell Landau soccer trip

MANCHESTER firm Halliwell Landau was forced to call off a corporate hospitality trip to Friday’s crunch England/Colombia World Cup game, after chartering a plane for what is believed to be £5000. Corporate partner Clive Garston had invited 18 Manchester businessmen to the game. The agency through which it booked tickets – Great Portland Entertainment – […]

New IT systems require trained users

New IT requires investment in training to maximise its potential, a fact lawyers have yet to grasp, says Graham Scrivener. Graham Scrivener is sales and marketing director for Tuition Computer Training. COMPARED to other businesses the legal profession has traditionally taken a very considered approach to new technology. While the financial and retail industries, for […]

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