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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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7 Bedford Row snr clerk steps down

After serving nearly 12 months notice, Chris Owen, 7 Bedford Row’s highly respected senior clerk, is finally leaving chambers. From the end of October, Owen will be able to embark on his new career as a consultant to the legal profession.Owen’s notice period has been so drawn out because of the difficulty the chambers has […]

Location, location, location

Nigel Carey looks at why Guernsey is a firm favourite for sophisticated funds business. Guernsey has enjoyed two clear lines of funds business growth in the last few years, principally in private equity vehicles and multi-manager funds, particularly funds of hedge funds. Looking ahead, securitisation business may also increase significantly as a result of new […]

Singapore law firms defy dry patch as banks' M&A drive sparks boom

Local alliances come good as Linklaters, Lovells, Freshfields and Herbert Smith muscle in on bank merger frenzy Law firms in Singapore have been the winners in a spate of mergers and acquisitions within the country’s banking sector.While Thomson Financial’s figures reported that M&A trends in the region have taken a dramatic downturn, for local and […]

DLA targets banks before downturn

DLA litigators are set to target 110 UK-based banks in a campaign to drum up work in the light of the predicted economic downturn. Predicting an increase of litigation around the recovery of unpaid debts, security enforcement and fraud, last Wednesday DLA’s litigators finalised a selling plan that included contacting banks and issuing advice and […]

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