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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 […]

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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 […]

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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Trainees get chance to study in Belgium

UK TRAINEES will be eligible to take up a five-month seat in Brussels through a new placement scheme which is being organised by the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland. Trainees who are interested in pursuing a career in the international arena will move over for a secondment with the Law Societies’ joint […]

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Solicitors have shied away from providing financial services due to lack of vision, a leading figure in the financial services industry said recently. Karl Snowden, professionals’ development director at Allied Dunbar, said there were very few exceptions to the rule that the provision of discrete investment business advice could be “a perfect and valuable addition […]

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