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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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Boscombe Property’s directors and certain new investors were advised by Berwin Leighton and its shareholders by Lewis Silkin on its introduction to the Official List. At the time of the introduction Boscombe acquired Newcrest Property Services

Three-year-old expelled

An early preliminary hearing seems likely in the High Court case of a three-year-old boy expelled from his Gloucestershire school after allegations he sexually molested a three-year-old girl at the school. The boy’s parents are suing the management of the school for breach of contract claiming they were not given an opportunity to respond to […]

Finding strength in numbers

Livestock litigation seems to be in vogue with the current beef scare. But cattle are not the only animals at the centre of court action – ostriches are also legal flavour of the month. The fate of the beleaguered Ostrich Farming Corporation (OFC) is now to be decided by a High Court judge after it […]

McKennas pilots LawNet link for one-stop shopping

CITY-BASED McKenna & Co is set to launch a national link-up with scores of regional firms. Details are soon to be released about a new association with the 70 member firms of Lawnet. McKennas has acted in a consultancy role for firms in the network for some time, but the new link-up will be on […]

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