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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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Long hours: a sign of poor practice

Lawyers must insist on their EU-sanctioned right to a 48-hour week. And so should their bosses, says Neasa MacErlean . WHY are lawyers so likely to be workaholics? This question was indirectly addressed in a research report on long working hours from the Institute of Personnel and Development last week. Although the document did not […]

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Alan Karter led the Simmons & Simmons team acting for Huntingdon Life Sciences Group on its £22m share issue. Slaughter and May acted for stockbrokers Kleinwort Benson Securities and for Huntingdon’s financial adviser Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Charles Russell acted for the investors and Wilde Sapte for National Westminster

In brief: Changes at The Lawyer

The Lawyer has a new publisher. Rachel Lesiter, commercial director of Lawtel, is to take on the role in addition to her current responsibilities. Former publisher Mark Wyatt has left to pursue other interests.

Is flexible working a waste of time?

Richard Tyler looks at how some visionary firms are aiming to retain top staff by letting them work from home. Long hours and the legal profession go together like paracetamol and a hangover – one naturally follows the other. But for some lawyers this is a bitter pill to swallow. For them, a successful legal […]

Legal Aid – Franchise hopefuls' time runs short

Firms that want a legal aid franchise have only three months to prepare. Peter Warner warns what is involved. The recent announcement by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of the timetable detailing the dates by which they expect to move towards exclusive contracts has dismayed many practices. The last date to make an application for […]

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