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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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Wilde Sapte suffers triple loss

Another three partners have resigned from Wilde Sapte following its loss of two partners to US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. UK/Indian dual-qualified salaried banking partner Pratap Amin, who was with Wilde Sapte for over two years, is going back to India next March. It is understood he resisted the firms offers of equity partnership […]

Constructive work on CPE

I am writing to you in connection with Chris Fogartys article, Students slam new CPE (The Lawyer, 30 September). This was discussed at the meeting of the CPE Board on Tuesday 7 October and all the board members were concerned at the allegation that the students felt they could not complain about the new course […]

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Solicitors indemnity fund: Troubled indemnity

Graham Balchin says it is time SIF looked at its own claims handling record. Graham Balchin is head of the professional negligence department at Bolt Burdon. Much has been written in recent weeks about the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and the extraordinary u450m shortfall of the current year. Discussion has centred on […]

Liverpool magistrate protests at inefficiencies

A STIPENDIARY magistrate sitting at Liverpools City Magistrates Court halted proceedings to vent his frustration at the courts inefficiency. This court does not provide an efficient public service, stormed Paul Firth. The time has come for someone to make a public stand. His outburst was provoked by a string of administrative failures at the courthouse, […]

Equal rights boss enters Law Soc race

The chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Kamlesh Bahl, is to stand for the deputy vice-presidency of the Law Society, putting her on course to become the first woman president in its 166-year history. Bahl, who has confirmed her candidacy surprisingly early, will stand with vice-president Michael Mathews and deputy vice-president Robert Sayer when […]

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