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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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Look to the future or fail, urges Hayes

Outgoing Law Society secretary general John Hayes has warned that the current turmoil in the profession “is not revolution but the possible emergence of a flat earth law society”. In a lecture organised by the European Policy Forum last Thursday, Hayes admonished hostility to beneficial developments in the profession with a veiled attack on president […]

In brief: East Anglian firm picks up contracts

An Ipswich law firm has won two five-year contracts to carry out conveyancing and commercial contract work for Westminster Council. Gotelee & Goldsmith, already acting for six local authorities, beat tenders from firms around the country. The successful team was led by partners Brian Morron, Mary Dolley, Howard Nichols and consultant Charles Twiss. The firm […]

Young Irish barristers take hats off to wigs

A SUCCESSFUL campaign to preserve the wig-wearing tradition in the Irish courts was spearheaded by the younger members of the profession, according to the Irish Bar Council’s director general. The attitude of the more junior barristers has provided a surprising twist in the long road to the liberalisation of court dress in the Republic of […]

Lloyd & Associates attracts a clutch of new partners

A NEW London law firm has grown from two partners to six in its first 10 months of operation. Lloyd & Associates also expects a turnover of more than £1 million within its first 18 months. The South Kensington practice was established in May last year by John Lloyd and Meena Heath, both of Lloyd […]

Govt slammed for 'petty' LC cuts

A bid by the Law Commission to employ more lawyers has been rejected by the Lord Chancellor’s Department due to cuts in public expenditure. Pressure on public finances also means that the commission is being forced to cut its budget by 5 per cent this year, to near 1994 levels. Secretary Michael Sayers is hopeful […]

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