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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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Daughter fights will decision

Sandra Espinosa, a Blackpool woman who looked after her father during the last seven years of his life, but was left nothing of an estate worth u200,000, has challenged a High Court ruling that she was not entitled to any provision from her father’s will. She is also challenging Mr Justice Johnson’s dismissal of her […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Geoff Lord

Geoff Lord was born in Cheshire in 1947. He was the senior partner at Elliott & Co’s London office which joined Kennedys in March of this year. What was your first job? Taking nuts off bolts and putting different nuts on, aged 12-13. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week […]

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Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has won the global top spot as the leading project finance adviser, according to a survey. The US firm advised on 45 transactions worth u20,439m between January 1997 and August 1998. Of the City firms, Allen & Overy beat Clifford Chance to third place, advising on u11,875m worth of transactions. […]

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Despite fierce Bar Council opposition to extending rights of audience, the legal profession is overwhelmingly supporting the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper. Of 100 responses to the paper, 64 backed the proposals, 12 opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. The paper, which outlined plans to allow solicitors and Crown prosecutors […]

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