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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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SJ Berwin all square as February partner profits paid out late

SJ Berwin has paid out partners’ profit distributions in full after holding back February earnings due to a sizeable tax bill. Partners were remunerated roughly a month and a half late, with the quarterly payouts coming in late March and early April. The next instalment is due for May. An SJ Berwin spokesperson confirmed that […]

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In-house salaries on the rise but southerners still get more

The majority of in-house salaries rose in the last financial year, according to new figures. But the average salary for newly qualified in-house lawyers still varies by as much as £35,500 depending on region. Earning potential for in-house lawyers with one to five years PQE is at its best in the southern Home Counties of […]

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A touch of steel in the boardroom

Australian boards should put foreign bids under the microscope to avoid a repeat of the Sundance saga  The recent failure of a big Australian resources deal has led to much analysis of the regulatory processes involved, but less attention has been given to the board practices that were in play. The Sundance tale presents a […]

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