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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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Fennemores collapses as three more partners quit

Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors. The embattled £11m turnover firm has been hit by a series of departures during the past months, beginning with the resignation of three partners in November 2005 to […]

Aldridge Parker relaunches without Aldridge

Helen Parker, one of the founding partners of employment boutique Aldridge Parker and previously a partner at Bird & Bird, has launched a new niche employment and business immigration practice called Parker & Co. The move follows Parker’s split earlier this year with former partner Corinne Aldridge, with whom she founded Aldridge Parker. Aldridge joined […]

House of Lords supports Muslim dress ban

Luton Borough Council’s legal team has won a victory in the House of Lords, supporting a school’s decision to exclude a pupil wearing Muslim dress. Shabina Begum was excluded from Denbigh High School in Luton for wearing a jilbab. The Court of Appeal ruled that the school had violated the Human Rights act. However this […]

Satisfaction guaranteed

Janine Collins explains how review meetings can ensure your clients are satisfied with your service How many of your firm’s clients have you met recently to discuss their satisfaction with the firm’s performance?Providing a client-centric service means tailoring your firm’s services to your clients’ specific needs. Traditionally, law firms have second-guessed their clients’ requirements. However, […]

Lovells scores £9bn Vodafone deal for SoftBank

Lovells’ Tokyo arm has scooped the lead advisory role for SoftBank on the Japanese internet service provider’s £9bn purchase of Vodafone’s flagging mobile telecoms business. Vodafone has rejected proposals by private equity firms Cerberus and Providence and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, instead deciding to proceed with its advanced negotiations with SoftBank. Lovells corporate partner Tim Lester […]

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