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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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Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” back in court

Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in 2004 will be back in court tomorrow (11 September), as the CBS television network once again tries to overturn its $550,000 (£273,000) fine for indecency. US firm Davis Wright & Tremaine is geared up to represent CBS in the network’s second appeal showdown with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The […]

Asda turns to Bircham to help drive expansion strategy

Supermarket giant Asda has handed Bircham Dyson Bell the mandate for the planning communications strategy for its nationwide store expansion strategy. The City firm’s public affairs team, which is part of its parliamentary, public law and planning practice, has taken on the work, led by partner and head of public affairs Jonathan Bracken. Bracken has […]

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Work Life Quiz: Kamal Rahman, Mishcon de Reya

What was your first-ever job?Doing admin work in a high street legal practice. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do a whole six-month seat with the most obnoxious property partner – who shall remain nameless. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

LeBoeuf raids Camerons for Moscow disputes head

The volatile Russian market sees another defection today with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae picking up a new regional head of dispute resolution from CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office. Sergei Volfson will join LeBoeuf as counsel, heading up the Russian and CIS dispute resolution practice. His hire is a boon to LeBoeuf, which has lost […]

Metal Morris

Denton Wilde Sapte managing partner Howard Morris may be getting too concerned that his wide-ranging revamp of the practice is making him enemies. At last Wednesday’s (5 September) bash hosted by the firm at London’s prestigious gallery The Wallace Collection, attendees were offered the chance to try on a rather ornate suit of armour displayed […]

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