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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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International securities throws up the strangest bedfellows – just ask Simmons & Simmons and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. For years, it has been assumed that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer would only ever do the US deal with Davis Polk & Wardwell or Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. So the fact that it is talking to […]

Law Society harassment claims to be investigated

At least two members of Law Society staff have made formal complaints of bullying and harassment under the body’s “Dignity at Work” policy, through the MSF trade union. Two workers at the Law Society are understood to have left or are in the process of changing jobs because of the alleged harassment. Bahl has denied […]

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