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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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Allen & Overy is hiring a former partner at French firm Pouget Delsaud Garnier Bachasson (PDGB) to set up an employment law practice in Paris. Sabine Smith-Vidal is the fourth partner to join the firm’s Paris corporate department in the last 18 months. In just two years the team has doubled in size and now […]

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Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa, the German open ended fund, in the £63m sale of its property at 49 Leadenhall Street to the City of London Real Property Company. The building was previously the headquarters of the Institute of London Underwriters. The team was run by property partner Alan Butler while Nabarro Nathanson advised […]

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Norton Rose is boosting its technology capabilities with two lateral hires from the telecoms and IT sectors. The new partners are US-qualified Mark Naftel, who was assistant general counsel at Danish telecommunications company Tele Danmark, and former Slaughter and May IT specialist Michael Rebeiro. Their appointments bring the number of new partners appointed to the […]

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