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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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Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy. The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand. Carter-Ruck says an agreement […]

Henderson Investors reviews its legal panel

Lovell White Durrant, CMS Cameron McKenna, Nicholson Graham & Jones and Lawrence Graham are on tenterhooks as Henderson Investors finalises its first-ever property panel review. The reshuffle comes after Henderson Investors was acquired by Australian company AMP in March 1998 and later merged with AMP Asset Management. A number of firms, including Lovells, Camerons, Nicholson […]

Daily news service launches on The Lawyer's internet site

The Lawyer has expanded its website to include a dedicated daily online news service. The free service, launched last Tuesday, is available on The Lawyer online website – www.thelawyer.co.uk. It is updated every weekday. It includes stories about international and UK law firms, in-house lawyers, government legislation, new products and services, partner moves and deals. […]

City giants and niche firms blur the borders

The distinction between City firms and the EC3 London insurance litigation specialists is dissolving as the groups vie for each other’s work. Catrin Griffiths reports. If the insurance industry is suffering from overcapacity and soft rates, then so is the legal market. At the volume end, firms are being squeezed; at the high end, where […]

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