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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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Lord Denning, the former Master of the Rolls, was described as a “towering figure in the law”, as the Bar Council and Law Society expressed sadness at his death late last week. Denning, Lord of Appeal, left a “lasting imprint” in trust, employment and public law. Dan Brennan and Michael Mathews both expressed sympathy for […]

BAe threatens unethical firms

British Aerospace (BAe) is demanding that firms prove a commitment to pro bono work, or risk being kicked off its panel. The blue chip client’s call comes as companies increasingly review law firms ethical behaviour. BAe legal director Stuart Caroll has written to the company’s panel firms asking them what pro bono work they are […]

Halliwells sets sights on City base

Manchester practice Halliwell Landau is poised to open a London office following the trend established by its main regional rivals, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Hammond Suddards and Dibb Lupton Alsop. It is believed the move will be finalised by the end of this week. It will have the capacity for expansion, but will initially be […]

Will Diageo's next legal skipper alter course?

IT IS all change at Diageo. The drinks giant has spent the last year-and-a-half consolidating following the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan (Grand Met) in 1997. It has sold a number of surplus US brands, its top directors are leaving, and the legal department is feeling the wind of change. As reported last week […]

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