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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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Comment – Hawkish City regulators swoop on the wrong prey

It is easy to attack City regulators and their hard-pressed in-house lawyers. When big “irregularities” which could involve fraud emerge in companies, they face a stark choice – throw the book at those involved and spend hundreds of thousands of pounds trying to secure punishment, or publicly slap them on the wrists and leave well […]

Lord Irvine cheers lawyers with housing concession

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has delighted housing lawyers by yielding to their campaign to have claims of harassment and unlawful eviction removed from the small claims court. The change is included in draft civil procedure rules which were published by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The concession is a second major victory for […]

Welsh bodies to justify grant handling

Roger Pearson reports on a High Court action by the Secretary of State for Wales over the handling of grant money.Local authority handling of European grant aid is to come under scrutiny in the High Court. Newport County Borough, the Welsh Development Agency and two companies are being sued by the Secretary of State for […]

Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, […]

Florida court may quiz partners over perjury claims

TWO City partners may have to appear before a Florida court to respond to allegations that they lied in affidavits. Guy Hardaker, of Holman Fenwick & Willan, and Patrick Sherrington, of Lovell White Durrant, are key witnesses of oil giant Exxon in its legal battle with ex-Hong Kong barrister Michael Ford, who claims the company […]

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