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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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As the High Court prepares for a new term, The Lawyer looks back at some of the most significant decisions from Trinity sittings, as well as legislative changes and new developments in the commercial and chancery courts. The Companies Bill is progressing slowly through Parliament and has completed its committee stage in the House of […]

Hunton boosts LA, London for push into Asian market

Hunton & Williams is to make London and its new Los Angeles (LA) offices the axis for its Asian work as the US firm looks to expand its presence in the region. Firm chairman Thurston Moore told The Lawyer: “London and Los Angeles are going to be very important for our Asian operations – they’ll […]

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Group 4 Securicor is safe in the hands of its group general counsel Soren Lundsberg-Nielsen. Joanne Harris reports Group 4 Securicor is the largest company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), with 430,000 employees worldwide (including 100,000 in India) and a presence in 110 countries. But its legal team is small, lean […]

Mace & Jones hires non-lawyer chairman

North West firm Mace & Jones has hired the former chief executive of financial services firm Rathbone Brothers as its first-ever non-lawyer chairman. Roy Morris joins the firm in the newly created role to help further its growth across the region. He is currently a non-executive director at Rathbone, having previously been its managing director […]

Firms fail to learn with boom and bust recruitment

The summer is traditionally the time that work levels drop off and managing partners, along with everyone else, head to the beach. This year, however, The Lawyer reported on 7 August that, not only was there barely a falling off of work, there was also a chronic shortage of corporate assistants to service the unprecedented […]

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