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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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In brief: White & Case

White & Case has advised on the US$1.1bn acquisition of Bank Pekao by a consortium of foreign investors. Witold Danilowicz, head of White & Case’s Warsaw office, says it is the largest foreign investment in Poland.

Birmingham set in recruitment drive

Birmingham set 8 Fountain Court Chambers is on a major recruitment drive after losing barristers to rival chambers. It is believed to be in negotiations with Claremont Chambers in Wolverhampton. Its tenants are understood to have made a group application to join 8 Fountain Court. So far, only four offers are thought to have been […]

Property

SJ Berwin advised Chelsfield on its recent purchase of the City Gate office complex at Southwark Bridge, London, from Brixton Estate. Complex tenants include Unisys and the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau. The SJ Berwin team was led by John Eldridge, assisted by Tessa Rudnick and Julie Hasselberg. Jackie Newstead of Lovell White Durrant acted for Brixton […]

Watchdog urges Law Soc to clear complaints

The Law Society has a “major credibility problem” and is unlikely to deliver on its promise to clean up its complaints handling record, claims the Legal Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham. She expressed her doubts at last week’s council meeting, despite members agreeing to give the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) a massive u5.9m […]

Berwin Leighton turns to EU law to fight quarantine system

City firm Berwin Leighton is using EU law in an attempt to overthrow the UK’s 100-year-old animal quarantine system. It is representing the Quarantine Abolition Fighting Fund in a case that hinges on whether the UK Government’s failure to implement a vaccination-based passport system for pets is illegal. The parties are still awaiting judgment. Berwin […]

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