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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 […]

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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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Merrill slashes six senior legal jobs

At least six senior legal roles at Merrill Lynch have been axed as part of the investment bank’s global restructuring. New York associate general counsel Carlos Morales, general counsel of litigation and employment Barry Mandel, co-head of global litigation John Eisenberg, director and senior counsel Chris Haas and two more legal heads have been cut […]

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Duran Duran, Snow Patrol spats see Blackstone win litigation double bill

Blackstone Chambers has scooped a brace of leading roles on two high-profile music litigation cases, with co-head Ian Mill QC leading on disputes involving pop groups Duran Duran and Snow Patrol. Both groups have been sued by former members over breaching partnership duties. Blackstone barrister Tom Weisselberg is also ­acting for the groups. It is […]

Morgan & Finnegan faces dissolution

US intellectual property boutique Morgan & Finnegan is on the brink after 12 of its 17 partners quit. US intellectual property boutique Morgan & Finnegan looks to be facing dissolution if, as expected, more than a dozen of its 17 partners jump ship to rival Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. As first reported by US […]

Barclays’ new hire to cut legal spend

Barclays has revamped the management of its legal function, creating a new chief of staff position to ­support general counsel Mark Harding. Barclays has appointed Sue Brooks as second-in-command to Harding. Brooks was formerly chief operating officer (COO) at Barclaycard Technology. It is understood that Harding has taken on a wider role on the Barclays […]

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