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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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CROWN Prosecution Service staff are demanding answers from the Director of Public Prosecutions following the suicide of a senior lawyer who had complained of job stress. Jennifer Hudspeth, who was 44 and single, was a Branch Crown Prosecutor who ran the CPS office for south east London in Bexley. She was found by her mother […]

North East firm gets air alliance off the ground

Newcastle and Darlington law firm Ward Hadaway is helping create a high-profile aerospace body out of 10 companies in an attempt to bring business to the region. The firm advised the 10 businesses on a memorandum of understanding that formed them into a corporate cluster called the Northern Defence Initiative Aerospace Group (NDI AG). The […]

Brewers battle over beer tie

Brewer Ushers of Trowbridge is taking rival the Glamorgan Beer Co to court for allegedly supplying drinks to its pubs. Ushers will seek a court order banning Glamorgan from unlawfully interfering with contracts made with the tenants of its pubs. The company, represented by Milton Keynes-based Kimbell & Co, which recently filed the High Court […]

Herbert Smith helps Electra clear its debts

Herbert Smith has completed the u215m sale of PHS – owned by Electra Investment Trust – as part of Electra’s fight to rid itself of u600m of debt. The sale of the washroom and tropical plant services division is the next step in Electra’s five year plan to wind up the company. Head of corporate […]

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