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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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BLP and FFW both land new hotel sector clients

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have scored a client win apiece in the hotels sector. BLP advised property manager Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) on its acquisition of the Hotel Du Vin hotel chain for £66.4m in its first direct instruction from MWB. The deal follows work that BLP undertook for boutique […]

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Clifford Chance (CC) has lost its star New York rainmaker Jim Benedict, The Lawyer can reveal. As first revealed in The Lawyer (11 October 2004), the former US managing partner has been in advanced discussions with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Clifford Chance sources say that over the weekend the firm’s managing partner Peter Cornell […]

Law Soc president warns of ‘far-reaching’ reform

The President of the Law Society warned last week that solicitors face “the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades”. Speaking at the Law Society Annual Conference in Birmingham on Friday (15 October), Edward Nally said that “the Law Society Council has mapped out a vision” for reformation of the way the profession is […]

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