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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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Since returning from Asia, Geraint Hughes has fostered his relationship with Shell and in 2004 it paid dividends. Big time. While Shell has dominated his year, Hughes has also advised Qatar Petroleum on the upstream aspects of the GGII liquefied natural gas sale to the UK and Europe, as well as Globeleq on the acquisition […]

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A Clifford Chance junior assistant in Paris is taking on his own firm to defend his right to act as a trade union representative. Clifford Chance is challenging Avi Bitton’s appointment as a délégué syndicale, or trade union deputy, in a Parisian tribunal d’instance, or magistrates’ court. The firm says his appointment by the Confédération […]

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