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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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Slaughters defends Bestfoods takeover

Slaughter and May is preparing to do battle with the European Commission as Unilever finally wins control of US rival Bestfoods. The $20.3bn (£13.3bn) take over of Bestfoods, on which Unilever is is also paying $4bn (£2.6bn) of debt, was approved by its shareholders on 7 June, and will create the second largest consumer products […]

Retail and Foreign Banks

Retail and foreign banking has changed radically over the past decade and with it the nature of its legal work has also changed. Consolidation has been a key to this transformation. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s merger with NatWest, HSBC Holdings’ acquisition of Midland Bank, and Lloyds Bank’s decision to join forces with TSB, are […]

Case of the week

Not since the break-up of AT&T in 1982 has a company faced a death sentence, but last week Bill ‘why’s everybody always picking on me’ Gates saw a US federal judge order the execution of Microsoft. As expected, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that Microsoft be split in two and imposed sweeping curbs on its […]

Enough is enough

Just what is Michael Napier doing? As senior partner at Irwin Mitchell he must surely see that the Law Society is fundamentally flawed, increasingly irrelevant and potentially a problem for the development of a 21st century legal business in London. His decision to stand in the presidential elections – whether a last gasp attempt at […]

Moving into the mainstream

Public international law can no longer be ignored, with a number of international conventions making their way into domestic courts. Philippe Sands and Maurice Sheridan report on the most influential cases of the past year The rules of public international law have been transformed over the past two decades. Treaties and other international legal obligations […]

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