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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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Call for multi-party action funding

MULTI-PARTY actions need an entirely new court procedure and method of financing, possibly from a special central government fund, according to radical proposals from the Scottish Law Commission. The commission, in a report requested by Scotland’s Lord Advocate, says the current systems are inadequate for dealing with such cases. Commission lawyer Roger Bland says: “It […]

Discussions in secret

At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing. Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week’s Law Society Gazette which stated that the council “had confounded expectations […]

Consortium challenges livestock ban

Roger Pearson looks ahead A High Court test case is now pending over the rights of port and airport owning local authority to interfere in livestock exports from the UK to Europe. The case centres on a challenge by a consortium of farmers and animal dealers, CC Freight, and an air transport company, Phoenix Aviation, […]

Copyright agency targets practices

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is targeting 500 leading law firms with details of its business licensing service to encourage them to comply with the requirements of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Roger Bull, business licensing officer at the CLA, says: “The legal profession cannot plead ignorance of the law as businesses of […]

Stand out from the crowd

Differentiating your ‘product’ in a homogeneous market is a tricky business. Consistent branding helps, says Chris Pullen In 1988, Rowe & Maw took the step of commissioning photo-collage artist, Noel Myles, to produce massive collages to illustrate the firm’s new corporate brochure. Lloyd Northover Citigate was employed to produce the brochure itself and establish design […]

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