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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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Holland & Knight staff set to lose pay and jobs

US firm Holland & Knight’s cost-cutting exercise continues apace as it imposes swinging pay cuts for lawyers and other staff members Last week the firm admitted that 60 lawyers and 170 other staff were to go (The Lawyer, 6 May).Although managing partner Robert Feagin would not specify how much salaries would be lowered by, it […]

California dreamin’

Paul Stookes gave up a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to become an environmental lawyer after a trip to smoggy LA. Emma Vere-Jones meets the Head of the Environmental Law Foundation The top of an LA hotel is a rather strange place for a career crisis. But that’s where Paul Stookes was when he decided to […]

Simmons wins top role on Vivendi buy

Simmons & Simmons’ corporate department is reaping the rewards of its relationship with utilities giant Vivendi Environment, acting on Vivendi’s first major acquisition since last year’s UK panel review Simmons has acted for Vivendi Water UK on the £2bn acquisition of First Aqua JVCo, the holding company of Southern Water. The corporate aspects of the […]

BOYDS

Despite the First American link-up, Boyds is still independent Scottish firm Boyds has recently hit the headlines by joining a new referral panel set up by the UK arm of US title insurance giant First American (The Lawyer, 18 March). It is one of six firms to sign up to the panel, which is linked […]

Hammonds promotes Manchester property head

Hammond Suddards Edge has appointed Liam Buckley (left) as managing partner of its Manchester office Buckley replaces outgoing head William Downs, who will focus his attentions on growing the firm’s utilities group. Commercial property specialist Buckley is currently head of the Manchester office’s property team, which he set up in 1993.

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