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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: Simmons declares its US link a success

Simmons & Simmons is claiming a major endorsement of its 10-month-old joint venture with US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson with the completion of its biggest deal, the $8bn privatisation of state electric utility Endesa – the largest ever privatisation in Spain. The joint venture unit, International Securities Unit, advised Endesa on its […]

In brief: Chambers strikes secret eleventh-hour deal

Michael Price, senior clerk at Lindsay Burn’s set in Queen Elizabeth Building, struck a secret deal with four former tenants last week on the eve of a planned 13-day trial. Price was set to sue Paul Ozin, Garrett Byrne and Brendan Finucane (all now at 23 Essex Street) and Nicola Langridge (now at Hardwicke Building) […]

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