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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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Druces adds to insolvency and property

City commercial firm Druces & Attlee has recruited two partners to boost its insolvency and commercial property departments. Insolvency partner Tim Bignell joins the practice from Kent-based Argles & Court, which completed a tripartite merger at the beginning of November to form one of the top five firms in the region. Bignell was head of […]

One in three firms seek LLP status

A growing number of law firms are considering forming limited liability partnerships (LLPs), according to a survey carried out by legal accountants Smith & Williamson. The survey shows 37 per cent of firms across the country are considering ways of limiting partners’ liability, of which almost 90 per cent say they will choose to form […]

More chaos for Scottish courts

The Scottish courts have been thrown into even deeper crisis by the Lord Advocate’s decision to suspend huge numbers of Justices of the Peace from hearing trials. About 80 JPs – around 10 per cent of the total in Scotland – will not be allowed to hear cases from today due to fears that their […]

LCD Agency To Be Broken Up

A Lord Chancellor’s Department-run agency which handles billions of pounds for mentally incapacitated people may be broken up following a damning report by independent investigators. Senior civil servant, Ann Chant, who headed the quinquennial review, says the Public Trust Office has not come up to scratch in terms of efficiency and performance in client services […]

Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie win new work at Legal Monte Carlo '99

Banking giant ING Barings is on the verge of instructing Allen & Overy’s Frankfurt office for the first time ever after meeting a representative of the firm at Legal Monte Carlo ’99. Sarah Whitehead, director and assistant general counsel at ING Barings says: “We are seeking advice on listing debts in Frankfurt from Allen & […]

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