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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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Share schemes 'inflexible'

EMPLOYEE benefits lawyers are calling for the Government to introduce more flexible rules for employee share ownership schemes. The call accompanies a survey by Norton Rose showing workforces lag behind senior executives in benefiting from the trend towards employee share options. David Cohen, head of Norton Rose’s employee benefits group, and chairman of the Share […]

Kingfisher

Kingfisher is one of Britain’s most successful retail groups. It is best known for its high street trading subsidiaries – Woolworths, Comet, B&Q, MVC, Superdrug and, property business, Chartwell Land – which have a total of 2,000 sites around the UK. Kingfisher also has businesses based throughout Europe and internationally. The merging of B&Q with […]

Firms gear up for boom as South African business targets City

CITY firms say they are gearing up for a boom in business as increasing numbers of South African companies snub European markets for the London Stock Exchange. South African Breweries is to raise £150m in the next two weeks when it embarks on its primary listing from Johannesburg to the London Stock Exchange. Other major […]

Inns of Court to offer unified training

Unified training for solicitors and barristers is closer than ever as the UK’s largest bar school, the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), prepares itself to offer the Legal Practice Course. ICSL principal professor Richard Stone says the move is a response to the Lord Chancellor’s vision of the future, which will see all […]

Bacfi values place in the Bar Council

Your articles “In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council” and “In-house revolt against ruling bodies’ bureaucracy” (The Lawyer, 8 February) do not give a fair impression of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry’s (Bacfi) policy towards its membership of the Bar Council. Bacfi is not considering splitting from the council. We value […]

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