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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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In brief: Linklaters snaps up Herbert Smith lawyer

Herbert Smith corporate banking partner Richard Hughes is to leave the firm to join Linklaters. Hughes would not comment on the move, but it is understood that he is negotiating to reduce his 12-month notice period.

In brief: Wynnes swallows up Brighton practice

Twenty-one partner East Sussex firm Wynne Baxter Godfree has taken over the niche two-partner Brighton medical negligence practice Selwood Leathes Hooper. As part of the deal, Selwoods’ former senior partner Martin Costin will manage Wynnes’ Brighton office, which will be known as Wynne Baxter Godfree and Selwood Leathes Hooper.

In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lord Irvine on court fees

The Law Society has urged the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to rethink the government’s court fees policy. In a paper it has sent to him, it argues that the policy of recovering all the costs of running the civil courts from litigants is wrong. It says payment of court fees should be waived in public […]

Scots set up London Property centre

Scottish solicitors are looking for a conspicuous location in London’s West End for their first English property shop, which is due to open in summer 1998. The London Property Shop (LPS) will be modelled on the successful Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre (ESPC), which acts as a property display centre and has captured more than 90 […]

Garretts' head of IT leaves to set up his own practice

Garretts’ head of IP/IT, Richard Kemp, is leaving the firm at the end of this month to set up his own practice. Kemp, one of London’s top information technology lawyers, only joined five-year-old Garretts in July 1995 from Hammond Suddards. In that time he has recruited about 10 IT/IP lawyers and built up billings of […]

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