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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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The london offices of US firms have poached two key partners from Wilde Sapte’s London and Brussels office. Crowell & Moring has hired the managing partner of Wilde Sapte’s Brussels office, James Ashe-Taylor. He is joining the London office as a competition partner. Peter Teare, partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring, says: […]

IR's solicitors found guilty of racism

The Inland Revenue’s Solicitor’s Office has been accused of “institutionalised racism” by an employment tribunal. The tribunal’s damning indictment came as it found the department guilty of racially discriminating against black barrister Marlene Morgan. It was ordered to pay u6,681 for lost earnings and emotional distress. Morgan, who claims she has been unfairly treated since […]

Ex-finance minister joins Couderts Paris

Coudert Brothers’ Paris office has recruited a senior French Ministry of Finance official to strengthen its antitrust team. French advocate Dom-inique Brault joins the firm as a consultant and will work closely with Couderts partner Jean-Patrice de la Laurencie in overseeing the nine-lawyer antitrust department. He will advise clients on all aspects of competition law. […]

Partners on the move…

Halliwell Landau has announced four internal partner appointments. Charles Glaskie and Tim Jackson-Smith have become a partners in the corporate department. Liz Aboud is now a partner within the commercial property department, where she will be joined by new partner Paul Conroy. Hextall Erskine has appointed Jane Beacham, who has been at the firm since […]

It's been a good week for…

The Law Society, which can finally see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel following the appointment of Keith Vaz as Parliamentary Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Relations between the society and the Lord Chancellor hit an all-time low following the society’s advertising campaign against the Access to Justice Bill. The […]

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