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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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The ‘Denver Boot’, or car clamp as it is known in more polite circles, is the curse of motorists. Originating in the US, car clampers have been active in the UK for more than 10 years, unabashed, unregulated and unchallenged. But all this changed in the Court of Appeal on 30 November 1995. It started […]

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The Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott has been appointed head of civil justice by the Lord Chancellor. The decision to extend Sir Richard’s responsibilities to cover civil justice is in line with one of the recommendations of Lord Woolf’s interim report on reform in this area. Lord Mackay said: “As a senior serving judge, the Vice-Chancellor […]

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