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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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Pollock, Lovells come under fire after dropping £850m BCCI claim

After 256 days in court, the £850m misfeasance claim, brought by the liquidators of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) against the Bank of England, sensationally collapsed last Wednesday (2 November). Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC appeared briefly to inform Mr Justice Tomlinson and the Bank of England’s legal team, including Freshfields […]

Euronext, Deutsche Börse ponder tough LSE bid conditions

The Competition Commission has given the green light for Euronext and Deutsche Börse to bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but imposed some tough conditions that many believe are potential deal-breakers. Following a seven-month inquiry, the commission found that both bids would “substantially lessen competition” and ruled that the deals would only get the […]

Mother’s ruin is lawyer’s shoo-in

The concept of work-life balance is really being embraced these days among lawyers. Few, though, have done as well at marrying business and pleasure than former Addleshaws partner Susannah Sheppard. Sheppard, a competition specialist, is the sole UK distributor of Xoriguer gin, a tipple that hails from (and has until now only been available on) […]

Lawyers query Company Law Reform Bill proposals

Lawyers have welcomed the publication of the new Company Law Reform Bill, but doubts remain over some of its proposals. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Vanessa Knapp chaired the Law Society’s consultation committee for the bill until August 2005. She believes a clarification of directors’ duties is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest. The bill states that […]

Kilpatrick Stockton braces for more layoffs in London

Kilpatrick Stockton is set to conduct a swathe of compulsory redundancies as part of its ongoing bid to slash its London office. Preliminary voluntary redundancy negotiations have failed to reduce the office’s size as much as the firm’s executive committee had hoped – only cutting it by eight fee-earners to a total of 30. The […]

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