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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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When the PIA flexes its muscles

Just as there are signs that the Personal Investment Authority (PIA) is about to establish itself as a regulator with teeth, once again there is a proposal for a shake-up in the regulation of the financial services industry. The PIA will undoubtedly continue with its enforcement of the Pensions Review by bringing charges against pension […]

A term of change

While the Queen’s Speech did not feature an explicit reference to the voluntary sector, it did contain points of interest and importance to charities. Highlighted as priorities for the Government were education, employment, housing, public health, international development and human rights – areas where charities play a vital role. Changes to the National Lottery were […]

Property

Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on selling a 15-year lease on 238,000sqft of its speculative Hemel distribution centre to Gillette UK. Gillette was advised by Simmons & Simmons. Leeds firm McGuinness Finch advised Gazeley Properties on providing £26m funding to Equitable for the scheme.

Solex sees rash of new products on market>

Liz Davidson reports A RICH selection of technology companies from the UK and overseas used this year’s Solicitors and Legal Office Exhibition (Solex) as a launch-pad for products. Geoffrey Howe, managing partner of Clifford Chance, opened the three-day show at London’s Barbican centre, with the statement that information technology was now a necessity rather than […]

Aircraft battle in Ipswich

In the midst of a fierce battle to keep Ipswich Airport open, the local council is taking a Colchester man to the High Court accusing him of trespass. It is suing Barry Liversage as owner of a Piper light aircraft it claims it asked him to remove from a hangar, but which, it says, he […]

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