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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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The modern bar. Transparent, democratic and all the things a 21st century organisation should be. Or is it?`Well, Tulkinghorn was less than surprised to discover that the bar has yet to embrace the concept of freedom of information.`Following The Lawyer’s exclusive that the North East circuit could be thrown out of Bar Council membership if […]

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Hewitson Becke + Shaw in Cambridge has made two of its solicitors partners in the corporate team. Simon Portman is part of the firm’s bioscience team and has experience in intellectual property, research and development and licensing work. Elizabeth Davies has been promoted from within the corporate department.

Nauta hits back at UK invaders with A&O hire

Allen & Overy‘s Amsterdam office is losing a corporate partner to leading Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh.`Erik Hammerstein was among the group of 32 Loeff Claeys Verbecke partners to join Allen & Overy when their firm went through a dramatic split in January 2000.`His move goes against the trend which has seen dozens of Dutch lawyers […]

Reforming the classes

In February 2001, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) issued a consultation paper called ‘Representative Claims: Proposed New Procedures’. The proposal has been issued in line with the Government’s aim to improve access to justice.`In private law cases, claimants must show that they have a legal right that they are seeking to enforce. But in public […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna has re-elected Robert Derry-Evans as chief executive of the firm for a second term, to last for four years. Last year, the firm’s turnover increased by 20 per cent to more than £160m. Camerons attributes the record profits to its chief executive’s management strategy. Derry-Evans was the firm’s managing partner before becoming […]

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