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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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South West firms merge to create 34-partner practice

Foot & Bowden and Anstey Sargent & Probert are merging to form one of the biggest firms in the South West. The new 34-partner practice will be called Foot Anstey Sargent and will specialise in corporate, commercial and employment work. With its numbers it will rival the top five in the region. It has national […]

Shakespeares' former partner struck off by solicitors' tribunal

A former Shakespeares partner who misused almost u350,000 of client funds has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a case exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (1 February), John Vernon paid himself u189,000 out of clients funds during his years at the Birmingham firm, while u156,000 went to other clients. The shortfall might […]

Property

Forsters advised the Clerical Medical Investment Group on the purchase of Times Square Shopping Centre in Sutton. Forsters partner Sophie Hamilton led the team in the u18m deal. Colin Jesson and David Hawkins from Cameron McKenna advised the sellers.

IT unlocks doors for conveyancing

The Government’s consultation paper in support of its manifesto promise to abolish gazumping has now been published. We know that legislation will be brought into effect probably at the beginning of the next Parliament in 2001 or there about. Many people are already working on the development of a seller’s pack concept and there is […]

Norton Rose in Asia poaches A&O expert

Norton Rose is poaching an Allen & Overy international corporate finance expert in a bid to strengthen its presence in Asia. Chris Moore, an assistant in A&O’s Frankfurt office, left this month. He will become a partner when he joins Norton Rose’s Singapore office in January. Moore’s arrival at Norton Rose will push the number […]

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