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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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Addleshaws, BLP, Herbies aid charity

Several City law firms have joined forces with a new charity to help A-level students get a kick-start in a professional career. Addleshaw Goddard, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Herbert Smith have all signed on with The Linkson Fellowship to take a summer intern for 2006. The Linkson Fellowship aims to assist bright students from low-income […]

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As the College of Law’s energetic chief executive Nigel Savage enters his eleventh year at the helm, he’s got plenty of reasons to celebrate. The college made history after becoming the first privately run post-graduate law school to be granted degree-awarding powers. From September 2006, students studying the GDL and the LPC at the College […]

Birchams strives for pole position in motoring law

Bircham Dyson Bell has moved to develop a specialist automotive practice within the firm’s corporate department, securing its first instructions on a management buyout of a dealership network for Volkswagen (VW). Corporate partner Carol Martin is leading the new direction for the firm, working in conjunction with consultancy service Practical Strategy. “No one’s taken the […]

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Despite the outflow from the City during the Easter and half-term breaks, M&A lawyers still managed to kick off the second quarter with a bang. According to Thomson Financial, 248 deals involving any UK element and totalling a collective $50.17bn (£27.25bn) were announced in April. This was only marginally down on March, when 294 deals […]

Top inspection marks for Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster

Cardiff and Manchester Metropolitan University Law Schools and the University of Westminster have all won top marks for their LPCs. Under the Law Society’s new assessment system, inspectors awarded all three of the institutions the ‘commendable practice’ grade, the highest possible. Introduced in October, the new system assesses teaching and curriculum standards, assessment procedures, learning […]

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