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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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The European Commission should not be afraid to keep governments in check in cross-border mergers A number of commentators have recently noted the rise of protectionism within the EU and have concluded that this trend could be very damaging for the union. I agree, but think that the real danger lies in the lack of […]

Growing hedges

With the prospect of hedge fund listings arriving on our shores, regulators want less potential for conflicts and wider access for mainstream retail investors. By Jonathan Herbst “ Hedge funds have become increasingly important in global financial markets in recent years. In its report ‘Financial Risk Outlook 2006’, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) noted that […]

Bird & Bird wins advisory role on first privatisation in Serbia

Bird & Bird has won a role advising on the Republic of Serbia’s privatisation of national mobile network MobTel, the republic’s first-ever privatisation. Bird & Bird is acting for the French consortium advising the Serbian government on the transaction. The privatisation is valued at e800m (£545m) and will create a new telecoms company called Mobi63. Bank Rothschild […]

Lawyer 2B/BPP Competition Winners: Essay 2

After much deliberation, Lawyer 2B can reveal the winners of the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition, who claim their prizes of free GDL and LPC places. Here are the winning essays… Essay 2: ‘The Only Way to Subvert a Liberal Society is to Deny its Citizens Due Process of Law’ Discuss. By Victoria Walne. […]

L2B/BPP essay winners

Congratulations to Alex Muir and Victoria Walne, who emerged victorious from the gruelling selection process in the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition. They will be taking up their prizes – free places on BPP’s GDL and LPC courses – this September. The winners will receive their prizes at The Lawyer Awards 2006, the premier […]

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