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Relief for retailers in ATM business rates decision

By Matthew Forrest External facing supermarket cash machines are not to be separately assessed for business rates, the Court of Appeal has ruled today in Cardtronics Europe Ltd (and others) v Sykes and others [2018] EWCA Civ 2472. The Court had to decide the correct legal approach to the rating of external ATMs in supermarkets, shops […]

Disentangling the scope of an inquest

By Nageena Khalique QC Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors. [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here). On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest […]

Austria: The Jewel in the Crown

By Sebastian Lukic Pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU“), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) shall give preliminary rulings, at the request of courts or tribunals of the Member States, on the interpretation of Union law or the validity of acts adopted by […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

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Manches & Co has taken delivery of an unusual piece of office furniture – a wooden sculpture of a coat on a peg. The sculpture, by Italian Neil Benson, was a gift from the firm’s auditors, Lewis Golden & Co. Manches senior partner Alasdair Simpson is pictured (left) receiving the sculpture from Neil Benson, of […]

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THREE of the country’s leading judges have attacked the government’s “breathtaking” plans to abolish the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) and sweep away the restrictions governing solicitors’ rights of audience in the higher courts. Court of Appeal judges Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, Lady Justice Butler-Sloss, and Sir Stephen Brown, the president […]

Human rights awards

Croatian lawyer Vesna Alaburic and former senator George Mitchell were the recipients of this year’s annual International Human Rights awards from the ABA Sector of Litigation. Alaburic was honoured for her work, often on a pro bono basis, defending journalists accused of publishing critical articles about the government. Senator Mitchell was recognised for his work […]

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