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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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Elborne Mitchell loses four partners after disagreements

Niche insurance practice Elborne Mitchell has been hit by a wave of departures, losing four of its 14 partners. Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Holman Fenwick & Willan have all hired partners from the firm, which has conceded that the moves were prompted by differences over strategy. Hammonds’ recruit is Ed Stanley, a leading reinsurance practitioner, […]

Bird & Bird's Net innovation puts record company on track

Elizabeth Davidson reports BIRD & Bird partner Mark Haftke has broken new legal ground by drawing up the contracts for a new service on the Web site of George Michael’s record company, Aegean Records. The service allows consumers to buy compact discs by digitally downloading tracks on to either a hard drive or a CD-Rom […]

Lowndes loses right to appeal

Lowndes Lambert Group and Lowndes Lambert Marine have lost their challenge to a decision by Mr Justice Toulson in the Commercial Court on 24 July last year that they were not entitled to retain the proceeds of an insurance claim collected by them from underwriters in respect of damage to a ship the Sun Tender.

Gwent courts fall foul of inspectors

GWENT magistrates courts have been criticised by inspectors for providing a ‘generally poor quality of service’ to the public. But the Magistrates Court Committee (MCC) for Gwent has expressed disappointment at the negative tone of the report issued last week by HM Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate. Government inspectors visited Gwent MCC’s courthouses for 11 days […]

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