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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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…as govt freezes LAB rates again

Lawyers have reacted with outrage at the Government’s decision to freeze legal aid rates for yet another year. The Lord Chancellor announced on Friday that he would not increase legal aid rates for the 1999/2000 round, the fifth time the rates have been frozen in seven years. The Law Society says solicitors’ costs have risen […]

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John Startin

Ryan Dunleavy finds that Hextall Erskine’s John Startin laughs in the face of law firm panel cuts – he has a cunning plan up his sleeve. Hextall Erskine insurance partner John Startin enthuses about the future for insurance lawyers. At a time when many of them are worried about panel cuts and an increasingly competitive […]

In brief: The barristers' monopoly

The barristers’ monopoly at the High Court has been cut further after the Lord Chancellor agreed that patent agents can conduct their own cases in court instead of employing lawyers. The Institute of Legal Executives was given the same power last year.

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