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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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Two widows whose husbands died when the main rotor fell off their helicopter are taking the company which owned the aircraft to the High Court. Helen Husler of Epworth, Doncaster, whose husband Peter was flight observer on the Augusta Bell Jet Ranger 111, and Engelberta Thorne of Weybridge, Surrey, whose husband Peter was pilot, are […]

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Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit. The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs’ clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission. Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the […]

Herbert Smith enjoys a second Highland fling

Herbert Smith has just completed its second major deal for Highland Distillers in under a month. The firm advised the Famous Grouse whisky distiller on last week’s recommended £601.4m take-over by the 1887 Company. 1887 Company is an enterprise set up by the Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons. Maclay Murray & Spens and […]

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Macfarlanes advised Ironbridge Estates and Morrison Developments in their joint purchase of the Bligh’s Meadow site in Sevenoaks town centre from Sevenoaks District Council. The scheme will create 50,000 sq ft of new retail space. Richard Reuben, commercial property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team which included construction lawyer Patrick Holmes and property assistant Daniel […]

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