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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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Dispute resolution practices across City law firms have been flooded by enquiries for legal advice since the credit crunch has taken hold. Firms such as Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Herbert Smith are expected to be the winners in the sub-prime fallout. Clare Canning, head of commercial litigation at BLG, said that over the […]

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Brought in to head the upstream legal team, Centrica general counsel Peter Roberts is spending a large amount of his time getting to grips with the liquefied natural gas market The energy industry is in a state of flux: it is consumed by concerns of supply shortages, the search for renewable and alternative sources of […]

Atkin Chambers loses silk to High Court

Atkin Chambers has raided 4 Pump Court for top silk David Sears QC in the week it saw its first barrister, Robert Akenhead QC, join the High Court bench. Sears, who took silk in 2003, made the move as he wanted to grow his construction and professional negligence practice and felt that Atkin was a […]

BSB ups compensation levels

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has increased the amount of compensation consumers can get when barristers provide inadequate services, from £5,000 to £15,000. The BSB approved the £10,000 increase at a meeting yesterday (23 September) in response to a review by the Complaints Redress Working Group, which reported to the BSB in May. The working […]

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