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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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Lloyd's buoyed up by profits

Storm clouds are finally lifting from Lloyd’s of London after the embattled insurer reported record profits and successfully pushed through its rescue plan at meetings held last week. Litigation by Names, many of whom faced financial ruin after the market’s massive losses in the late 1980s, has subsided in the past year. This has helped […]

Hong Kong exodus

Patrick Sherrington has become the latest top lawyer to leave Hong Kong for the UK after eight years in the colony. Sherrington, a commercial litigation partner at Lovell White Durrant and a former vice president of the Hong Kong Law Society, has taken a three-month sabbatical before he starts at Lovells’ city office.

Judicial review. Intervention in the public interest

In cases of constitutional importance in the US and Canada, it is common to find a diverse range of interest groups filing briefs as amici curiae (friends of the court). An amicus curiae may not only present legal argument to assist the court, but also social and economic data (a ‘Brandeis brief’). In the key […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Karim Kassam

Karim Kassam was born in Northumberland on 7 April 1961. He now lives in London and is a partner at Kenneth Elliot & Rowe. What was your first job? Answering telephones in the refuse department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (during the bin men’s strike). What was your first ever salary as […]

PFI project dates back to 2000 BC

Herbert Smith has landed the unusual brief of advising English Heritage as it co-ordinates a Private Finance Initiative project at Stonehenge. Adrian Clough, partner responsible for the project, said: “It is not often you are given the opportunity to be involved with a stone circle set up around 2000 BC, which predates ancient cities in […]

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