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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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Stephenson Harwood joins majority as LLP

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Slaughter and May looks East in two-strong promotions round

Slaughter and May has announced a drop in its partner promotions for this year, with two associates joining the ranks. Only one London associate has been made up compared with five last year, with an additional lawyer earning promotion in Hong Kong this year. None of the new promotions are in corporate, the firm’s traditional […]

London’s Barnet and Harrow councils to save £4.4m via legal services merger

The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have agreed to merge their legal services in a move that is expected to save them an estimated £4.4m over the next five years. Barnet’s legal team will be based in Harrow from July following approval from the authorities’ respective cabinets last night as part of a wider […]

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Cautious optimism was the predominant theme at a more subdued Mipim this year, with lawyers intent on wooing the few cash-rich players Simon Cookson, London real estate head, DLA Piper Although this Mipim saw fewer attendees than previous years, that did nothing to dampen people’s appetite to explore opportunities. There was a businesslike approach and […]

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Simmons to open low-cost Bristol base

Simmons & Simmons is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to slash its fee rates. According to managing partner Jeremy Hoyland, the office, which is slated for an autumn launch, will handle “complex legal work” where “location is not an issue for clients”. It is expected that the office will initially handle […]

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