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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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Trainees – a City view

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171 734 0534 The Policy Institute’s 4th Year study has produced the usual anti-City outbursts. Self-interest groups maintain that it proves widespread discrimination against women and ethnic minorities in the allocation of training places; even that this discrimination exists “regardless of academic […]

Ashursts rises up M&A table

Ashurst Morris Crisp has knocked Slaughter and May from the number two position for value of UK public takeovers it has advised on so far this year. Ashursts has risen dramatically up Acquisitions Monthly’s M&A league table in the past two and a half years: moving from 13th place at the end of 1995 to […]

Lawyers damn Hampel report with faint praise

Robert Lindsay discovers that Hampel raises more questions than he answers. Details of deals should be sent to the City editor, Robert Lindsay. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value, where possible. In November last year Sir Ronnie Hampel, the chairman of ICI and the Corporate Governance Committee, got involved […]

IT working party redefines 'writing'

The legal definition of “writing” and “signatures” should be broadened to include their electronic forms to cater for the increasing use of new technology, according to the Society for Computers & Law (SCL). The recommendations appear in an SCL report, issued last week and submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry, which is based […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Suzanne Fine

Suzanne Fine was born in London, where she currently lives. She is a practising barrister and head of the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in London. What was your first job? Prosecuting for the British Transport Police in 1976. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £20 for that first […]

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