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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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Sharpe Pritchard and Pinsent Masons advised on Nottinghamshire County Council’s £850m waste PFI project, won by Veolia Environmental Services. The project is the first waste PFI project to be closed under the Treasury’s SoPC3 guidance. It includes the provision of services across a network of sites and will be delivered through a 26-year contract. Sharpe […]

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With the World Cup ending in spectacular fashion yesterday, it’s only fitting that we mention the first ad hoc arbitration panel set up by Fifa with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to settle any emergency disputes that might have arisen from the now-concluded tournament. No, Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers – the only […]

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