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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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Cap on negligent valuations may cut lender litigation

Litigation experts are predicting fewer claims by lenders who seek damages for negligent property valuations made during the economic boom of the late Eighties after a House of Lords ruling last week. Lawyers had been expecting a deluge of claims following a Court of Appeal case earlier this year. The court had ruled that lenders […]

Law Soc treasurer in SCB rebuke

Three Law Society ex-presidents are to decide whether the society’s treasurer Mike Howells should resign after revelations that he has been “severely rebuked” by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. The issue is threatening to overshadow […]

What price a shattered life?

The Law Commission recently issued its consultation paper, Damages for Personal Injury: Non-Pecuniary Loss, which promises to be as important for the assessment of personal injury damages as the commission’s report on structured settlements. That report recommends that the multipliers for future pecuniary loss, such as loss of earnings and the cost of care, should […]

Course aims to train UK lawyers to crack China

LAW firms sending staff to China are being offered courses on undertaking business in the country by the University of Glamorgan Law School, which has just signed a partnership deal with China’s top law school. Under the agreement signed on 7 June, Glamorgan will become the first European partner of the100-year-old University of Peking. The […]

Euro Bars stand firm on MDPs

THE DUTCH Bar is to receive the backing of Europe’s combined Bar associations in its battle with Price Waterhouse over the issue of multidisciplinary partnerships. Price Waterhouse has made a complaint to the European Commission that Dutch Bar rules which prohibit it from employing lawyers breach European competition law. The commission’s decision on the case […]

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