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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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Real estate lawyers need to familiarise themselves with updated construction regulations in order to best serve their clients, says Gillian Birkby Whether you act for a landlord or a tenant, all real estate lawyers need to understand the changes to the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2007 and the impact they will have on […]

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DLA Piper has boosted its litigation strength with the addition of a partner in Washington DC. Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney Peter Zeidenberg has joined the firm’s US litigation and regulatory practice. During his time at the DOJ, Zeidenberg served as a trial attorney in the public integrity section of the criminal division, […]

Digby-Bell exhorts Law Soc to electoral reform

High-profile Law Society Council member Christopher Digby-Bell is campaigning for presidential elections to be restored to the solicitors’ representative body. Digby-Bell will be introducing a resolution to the Law Society Council in October inviting the current president Andrew Holroyd to reinstate public ballot elections following their removal six years ago. The general counsel and chief […]

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At least one Lovells equity partner has slid from the top to the bottom rung of the firm’s lockstep ladder via performance-related sanctions introduced last year. Partners at the firm okayed plans last January that gave the partnership council the authority to take action against underperforming partners. So far 10 partners have been affected by […]

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