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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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A&O partner defects to US firm to set up property unit

Allen & Overy property partner Rupert Jones is joining Chicago firm Sonnenschein’s London office to help it develop an English law property department. Jones, who has just advised Morgan Stanley on a £550m securitisation of Canary Wharf, said: “I want to run my own practice in a way that I can’t do in a substantial […]

Couderts in surprise UK merger

US firm Coudert Brothers has taken the City by surprise by taking over specialist London commercial property firm Debenham & Co this week and revealing that it is seeking a merger with a “top-tier” UK practice. Couderts has struggled to make an impact on the City since it became the first US firm to establish […]

Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider. The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax […]

Dentons look east

Denton Hall has been awarded two major contracts in Central and Eastern Europe. It has been selected to advise the Tallin Stock Exchange and the Estonian Ministry of Finance on reforming Estonia’s securities law in a project sponsored by the British government’s Know-How Fund. It has also been chosen to assist in the reform of […]

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