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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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Will case awaits judgment

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal case in which a farm manager is challenging the will of his former boss, while his former boss is still alive. Geoffrey Gillett, 59, claims that for three decades his wealthy landowner boss, Kenneth Holt, 85, promised him that all would be his when he died. […]

Allen & Overy’s Italian desk advises on £2.4bn takeover

Allen & Overy‘s new London-based Italian desk has acted on what it claims is one of the most significant deals ever in Italy. The Italian desk, which was set up at the end of last year, advised Mediobanca on its £2.4bn funding of the takeover of Italian chemical giant Montedison by industrial and insurance group […]

Airfield sale in High Court

A battle over the £8m sell-off by the MoD of a famous airfield is to go to the High Court. Mr Justice Jackson has given leave for campaigners to seek judicial review of the plans to sell the 536-acre Kemble airfield near Cirencester to developers MEPC. The judge ruled that a consortium made up of […]

Field Fisher forms e-business link-up

Field Fisher Waterhouse is launching a European e-commerce association aimed at establishing itself as a lead player for advice in the new economy. The firm is set to bolster its 14-strong e-commerce team with the launch of the 15-firm European network, to be known as Ecomlex. The firm is tight-lipped on the full list of […]

The St Valentine’s Day Massacre

On 14 February, the bitter battle between the Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland to take over NatWest came to an end. Dearbail Jordan tells the story. When the BBC broadcast a lunchtime bulletin about the Bank of Scotland’s (BoS) daredevil hostile £20.8bn bid for National Westminster Bank on 24 September 1999, […]

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