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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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Facts about Acts

In the past year, the legal profession in Ireland has found itself under attack from several quarters. Solicitors are currently heaving a collective sigh of relief after the Government modified proposals which would have forced them to report clients suspected of evading tax to the Inland Revenue. The so-called ‘whistle-blowers’ charter, section 153 of the […]

Firm opts for Linetime

Linda Tsang reports North East law firm Punch Robson has placed a £55,000 order with Linetime for software which includes database and credit control facilities. The system for the two-branch firm, which has 14 partners and 60 staff, will include an Altos 7000 Unix server supporting accounting, time rec- ording, database and credit control software […]

Technology will take lawyers out of the office

TECHNOLOGY will not only reduce office-based secretarial staff but will also get rid of more lawyers EYBA delegates were told. Chair of the UK Young Solicitors Group Andy Unger told young lawyers from around Europe how new technology meant practitioners could do much of their work from home. Speaking at a workshop based on the […]

Conference quotes

Steve Orchard, Legal Aid Board (LAB) chief executive: “What he [criminal legal aid lawyer Roy Douglas] said came out of an orifice and it wasn’t between his ears.” Paul Boateng, Labour legal affairs spokesman: “I have to say to you that there is no more money for legal aid.” Roger Smith, Legal Action Group director: […]

In brief: Evans regains legal aid franchise

London-based firm Evans Butler Wade revealed last week it has won back its legal aid franchise following a fresh audit of the practice. The franchise was suspended last month after the Legal Aid Board identified “non-compliance” with normal procedures. Evans says its counsel, Nigel Pleming QC, argued the shortcomings were trivial and did not justify […]

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