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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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Coudert was delighted to snare top Frankfurt firm Schürmann five years ago. But then everyone started leaving. Is this a case study in how not to merge in Germany? By Jörn Poppelbaum Schürmann & Partners used to be one of the premier independent firms in the Frankfurt market. It was the referral firm of choice […]

Firm profile: Marriott Harrison

Last Monday (8 November) the number of partners in the corporate finance team at London’s Marriott Harrison grew to seven. For a 13-partner firm (eight of which are full equity), that is some critical mass. Rosemary Jackson, formerly an equity partner at Denton Wilde Sapte, is the third corporate partner to join the firm in […]

ING to City firms: don’t worry about conflicts

ING Group’s UK legal chief has moved to allay law firm fears about accepting instructions against the major banks. Speaking to The Lawyer, Adrian Marsh, head of legal for ING’s UK wholesale business, said City firms are being overly concerned, and while ING’s terms of engagement prohibit firms from accepting instructions against the bank, it […]

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