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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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Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds. Essentially, a discount rate is the amount taken off victims’ damages to account for any profit gleaned […]

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E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site FT.com have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently FT.com […]

Bryan Cave takes on Sinclair Roche partner

US firm Bryan Cave is taking on the head of commercial litigation from Sinclair Roche & Temperley to launch its UK contentious law practice. Rod Cowper has been a partner at Sinclair Roche for a decade. He led the non-shipping commercial litigation and corporate recovery practice at the City firm. He is the third UK […]

Simmons boosts Barclays link with ShopSmart acquisition

Simmons & Simmons is advising IndigoSquare, the joint venture between Barclays and Nomura International, on its acquisition of ShopSmart.com. IndigoSquare is an online shopping portal; the ShopSmart website allows customers to compare prices of products and services that are available on the internet. IndigoSquare has already received agreement to accept the offer from the ShopSmart […]

Canadian Bar Association puts restrictions on MDPs

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has done a u-turn on its policy on multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Instead of accepting them wholeheartedly, it will accept them only if lawyers are in control. The move brings the CBA in line with the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the controlling body for Toronto and thus nearly half […]

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