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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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Once a sleepy fishing village, Singapore is today the world’s busiest port and a major commercial centre. I moved here four years ago from Mumbai, and I work at Berwin Leighton Paisner. Given its geographical location – just one degree north of the equator – Singapore experiences uniformly high temperature and humidity.  Practically everything is […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner has launched a redundancy consultation today affecting 85 people in its London office. The review will target 30 lawyers and 55 support staff, including 25 secretaries. In a statement, managing partner Neville Eisenberg said the firm had avoided making redundancies in the face of short-term pressures and had waited until there was […]

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