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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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Bar memo admits 'ludicrous' fees

THE BAR Council has secretly admitted that some barristers are claiming “ludicrously high” legal aid fees after the government handed it a hit-list of 20 barristers whose fees have been heavily reduced on taxation. A confidential memo, obtained by The Lawyer, reports “anecdotal accounts of barristers claiming fees where they do not appear entitled to […]

Treasury's financial services bill fails to clear up uncertainty

The Treasury is squandering the opportunity to arm London with an effective financial services regulator by a “piecemeal” approach to consultation, leading financial services lawyers have warned. Lawyers were hoping the draft bill, published by the Treasury a fortnight ago, would end uncertainty over who and what activities would come under the Financial Services Authority’s […]

Flotation

Gillian Hall of Newcastle firm Watson Burton advised display marketing company Premier Direct Group on its £6.5m flotation on the Alternative Investment Market. Watson Farley & Williams advised nominated adviser Charles Stanley.

A court that knows no boundaries?

The international criminal court treaty is a big achievement but can it deliver what it promises? Jonathan Stanley is a London-based writer on law. British lawyers have played a skilled part in preparing and negotiating the hard-won treaty to establish a permanent international criminal court (ICC). The treaty, which is the culmination of years of […]

Financings

John Russell of Simmons & Simmons is advising BAT Industries on its $3bn euro medium term note programme. Boyan Wells of Allen & Overy advised investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

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