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Latest Briefings

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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Unlicensing laws

New regulations mean that private trust companies no longer need to obtain a trust licence to act as trustees, allowing the Cayman Islands to maintain its competitive edge, reports Sara Collins The highly anticipated Private Trust Companies Regulations 2008 have now been enacted in the Cayman Islands, a development that has been greeted with enthusiasm […]

Into Africa

After signing tax treaties with China, the United Arab Emirates and a number of African countries, Mauritius is fast emerging as the ideal investment platform. By Anthony Whaley, Nicolas Richard and Sameer Tegally Since the launch of its global business sector 15 years ago, Mauritius has become the destination of choice for structuring investments in […]

Redeeming features

The financial crisis has sparked a flurry of investors seeking to redeem their investments. Funds with adequate safeguards in place will be the ones that survive, say Sandie Corbett and Caroline Williams Stresses from the subprime meltdown and other recent events in the banking sector have had an adverse impact on certain hedge funds, taking […]

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Lehman law firm creditors missed off official list

Law firms owed millions of pounds by Lehman Brothers have been missed off a list of trade creditors issued last Tuesday (4 November) by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The London offices of Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Clifford Chance are just four of the firms missing. “It’s all a complete bloody mess,” […]

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