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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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A HIGH-FLYING Irish solicitor, who once bid over £1 million for a Dublin football club, has been jailed for five years for fraud. A judge in the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin was told that Elio Malocco was likely to be struck off by the Incorporated Law Society. He has been suspended since 1991, when […]

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Breathalyser procedure and quashing of conviction R v Burton upon Trent magistrates court, ex parte Phillip John Woolley (1994). (DC (Beldam LJ and Buxton J) 11/11/94). Summary: The Crown Prosecution Service’s advice to a defendant that it had presented inadmissible evidence was incorrect, and procedure for taking blood specimens from drivers in hospital. Application for […]

With the benefit of foresight

The old saying ‘More haste less speed’ has a topical ring to it in legal circles following the recent House of Lords ruling in the case of road crash victim Ronald Page. Page is seeking compensation over the condition myalgic ecephalomyelitis (ME) which he claims was brought on as a result of the road accident. […]

Firms to lose out as AA drops scheme

MORE than 350 law firms face losing work from the AA following the motoring organisation’s decision to drop free legal advice for members accused of driving offences. They will have to win more clients independently rather than having them referred by the AA’s in-house lawyers. Peter Newman, head of the AA’s legal services department, says […]

Firm aims for football club clients

LAW firm Memery Crystal is pitching for work from professional football clubs in an attempt to expand its portfolio of sports clients. The partnership has already been in contact with several interested teams after displaying its legal skills at an exhibition for football clubs’ commercial managers this month. A spokeswoman says there have already been […]

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