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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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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Berryman lays off 12; Berrymans hiring 12

Nottingham firm Berryman has made several redundancies. It is understood that 12 have lost their jobs in total, although the firm has not yet confirmed specific numbers. Chairman Richard Brackenbury said: “The pressures on businesses throughout the UK caused by the current economic downturn are obvious. For any business, the basic task is keeping profit […]

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Mobile phone company O2 has completed a radical overhaul of its legal function that has seen general counsel Justine Campbell leave the company and Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith appointed as sole advisers in Europe. Many former panel firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Olswang, and SJ Berwin, missed out in the wide-ranging panel review, which […]

Herbies faces taxing times

What a difference a month can make. What a difference a month can make. Herbert Smith’s decision to backtrack on changing the date of its financial year-end for tax purposes says a lot about the firm and its management. And it says even more about the pressures currently facing the UK legal market in general […]

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