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Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy

By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]

Court of Appeal rules on ATM rates

By Şenay Nihat Since 2013, retailers have had to pay non-domestic rates (‘Business Rates’) for automated teller machines (ATMs) built into the front of stores, rather than treating the ATMs as part of the store’s overall rating for valuation purposes. The Business Rates bill for the ATM was backdated to 2010, hitting retailers with significant […]

Proposed ban on flammable cladding – An update

By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport improves contracting process for healthcare

By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

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Tom Axford: Scottish Water

Dirty water, an ageing infrastructure and a new regulator. Scottish Water’s six-lawyer team has an uphill struggle. And all on a shoestring budget from the Scottish Executive. By Brendan Malkin There is so much happening at Scottish Water that it must be hard for even its own lawyers to keep up with it all. Debates […]

One Essex Court junior decamps to Brick Court

In a rare move between two of the bar’s commercial elite, Brick Court Chambers has picked up a new junior tenant from One Essex Court Daniel Jowell, a competition specialist of 10 years’ call, joined Brick Court last Monday (7 March). His arrival brings the number of barristers at Brick Court to 62. Jowell’s move is designed to develop […]

One Essex Court junior decamps to Brick Court

In a rare move between two of the bar’s commercial elite, Brick Court Chambers has picked up a new junior tenant from One Essex Court Daniel Jowell, a competition specialist of 10 years’ call, joined Brick Court last Monday (7 March). His arrival brings the number of barristers at Brick Court to 62. Jowell’s move is designed to develop […]

Court of Appeal sides with legal professional privilege

The Court of Appeal last week clarified the duties of solicitors in reporting money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Lord Justices Brooke, Mance and Dyson were ruling in the case of Bowman v Fels. During the course of legal proceedings over the ownership of a house, Jennifer Bowman’s solicitors, Levine Mellins […]

Merger conflicts drive more partners from Shaw Pittman

Nine more partners are leaving Shaw Pittman following the five that left last week as the firm rapidly weeds out those conflicted by, or not enamoured with, the firm’s merger with Pillsbury Winthrop As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 March), Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is the chief beneficiary, taking a group of six partners, including […]

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