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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 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.

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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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Lambeth councillors line up for Lally action

COUNCILLORS at Lambeth are poised to hear the disciplinary case against suspended head of legal services Paul Lally. Three council members have been selected to sit on the all-party panel and although a date has not yet been set, the council says that the hearing is “imminent”. Lally was suspended earlier this year following an […]

In brief: Townsends clinches Italian work

Swindon law firm Townsends has been instructed by two Italian construction companies in a multi-million pound dispute with Italian-owned, UK-based sub contractor Lucchini. Townsends will represent Milanese companies Girola SPA and Impressa Castelli SPA in the case which concerns earth and asphalt works in the construction of the M74 motorway in Scotland.

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