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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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Bryan Cave merger set for go-ahead

St Louis-based Bryan Cave is poised to merge with New York firm Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman On 24 May partners at Bryan Cave voted in favour of the merger, but those at Robinson Silverman are yet to vote. Although neither of the firms will comment on the proposed merger at this stage, a […]

Tarlo Lyons in strategy U-turn to beat tech slump

Niche IT firm Tarlo Lyons has had a strategy overhaul, deciding to refocus on commercial property and dispute resolution to combat the downturn in technology, media and telecoms work The firm has hired a new dispute resolution team from Fairmays, comprising partner Sarah Rees, consultant Lee Goldsmith and an assistant. This follows the recruitment of […]

Legal Widow

The barbecue season is upon us, and the Lawyer has been afflicted by feelings of deep inadequacy following his head of department’s summer garden party.At the very centre of the patio was the boss’s new six-jet gas barbecue monster, which makes a noise like Concorde revving up and has the same effect on sausages that […]

Getting the message across

You don’t need to be a pensions expert to have got wind of the fact that UK pension provision, in line with most of Europe, is in something of a pickle The gap between the quality of life that people now expect to enjoy in retirement and the reality of what most current pensions will […]

DJ Freeman launches new cross-firm practices

DJ Freeman has set up new cross-firm practices in corporate and litigation and appointed partners Richard Spiller and Kevin Perry to head corporate and litigation respectively The move is part of a drive to strengthen these two areas and to broaden its media and communications multidisciplinary practice.

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