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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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Insurance group Markel International has appointed its first ever head of legal. Penny Whitwell has been promoted from her role as general counsel of the company’s professional liability division to become head of legal for the entire business. Whitwell joined Markel in 1990 as a claims manager, moving to professional liability in 2001. She began […]

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Herbert Smith has completed its first deal for new client Hypo Real Estate Bank International. The City firm advised Hypo on an £88m bid facility made available to Winten to finance its recommended offer for property investment group Estate & General. Herbert Smith was picked as one of Hypo’s preferred advisers after it was spun […]

Arnold Bloch Leibler appoints commission big shot

Australia’s Arnold Bloch Leibler has appointed the former chairman of the Australian Competition Commission (ACCC) as a consultant to its trade practices group. Allan Fels, who joined the firm earlier this month, will also provide general consultation services, and has expressed an interest in the firm’s public interest law practice. Fels resigned from the ACCC […]

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Despite the trendy name, KSB Law is a firm strongly grounded in English history. The first mention of the 19-partner firm can be found circa 1792. Then based at Lincoln’s Inn, it only moved earlier this year after centuries of merger and demerger. Now comfortably ensconced in its new City premises and with the aim […]

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