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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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Cause for concern

Imagine struggling away at your job and ending the year without making any money out of it. Not so hard to imagine for a vast number of practitioners, who will find the newly-released figures on earnings and profitability in the solicitors’ profession a depressing confirmation of what they already know to be true. According to […]

Man of action

The Lord Chancellor is used to seeing his name in the press. Recently, with all the right wing indignation over his divorce reforms, he has seen it coupled with talk of back-tracking and revolt. But it was a story in the Daily Telegraph last week which finally shook him out of his reserve to put […]

Mackay not amused by Telegraph speech story

LORD Mackay’s problems from within his own political party seemed to return last week, when he took an unprecedented step over another unprecedented step later revealed to have never occurred at all. The Daily Telegraph’s front page splash last Thursday asserted: “Lord Mackay, the Lord Chancellor, is to take the unprecedented step of reminding judges […]

Dechert signings

The Washington DC office of Dechert Price & Rhoads has signed five lawyers from defunct New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. Senior litigation lawyer Leonard Garment, former managing partner of the Mudge Rose DC office I Lewis Libby, Ralph Oman, Joseph Aronica and Edith Albert have moved. Their signings have expanded Decherts’ […]

Change of direction

By 1 November, the Law Society requires firms involved in discrete investment business to have a “qualified person” to conduct or directly supervise this business. To date, the number of firms signifying their intention to do so is low and the society describes the response as “disappointing”. The deadline has focused attention on whether financial […]

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