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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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Hurt Girling complains of “pejorative' remarks

Tony Girling has accused fellow members of the Law Society’s ruling council of subjecting him to a series of “pejorative” jibes after they voted down his plan to resurrect a version of the “Buggin’s turn” system for electing the profession’s leaders of the society. Girling, the former president of the Law Society, had proposed that […]

British Gas sued for poisoning

British Gas is being sued by a couple from West Sussex who blame it, along with a building company, for carbon monoxide poisoning they claim to have suffered. John and Elizabeth Witham claim the poisoning was caused by the incorrect installation and servicing of a gas fire at their Angmering flat. Their claim for damages […]

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

Andersens breaks with HK firm as it forges Singapore alliance

Arthur Andersen Legal has dumped its Hong Kong firm Ede Charlton only two years after setting up the practice – at the same time as acquiring a 67-lawyer Singapore firm. Ex-Simmons & Simmons corporate partner Julia Charlton is understood to have reached an agreement with Andersens to allow her to keep practising under the Ede […]

To advise or not to advise?

The Prince Jefri ruling highlights MDP flaws, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is an insolvency partner at Cameron McKenna. The difference between the way accountants and lawyers apply conflict of interest rules was brought into stark contrast this month in a judgment that could affect the development of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Two weeks ago, the […]

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