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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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Firms pulled in a record £400m in legal fees for corporate merger advice last year, according to Acquisitions Monthly magazine and there is no sign of a down-turn yet. Advising on the £9.8bn merger of Guinness with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo ensured that Slaughter and May, Theodore Goddard, Norton Rose and SJ Berwin & […]

In brief: Clifford Chance re-elects senior partner

Keith Clark has been re-elected unopposed as senior partner at Clifford Chance for a second three-year term. Observers of the firm say his re-election will ensure a tight grip is kept on its 10-year strategy to become the world’s premier practice, while the new managing partner, Tony Williams, who replaced Geoffrey Howe at the year’s […]

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The latest atrocity in Northern Ireland – the Omagh bombing – has justifiably led the Government to recall Parliament to ascertain the appropriate legislative response. Catching the perpetrators of such an outrage and deterring others from committing similar acts is very important at such a delicate stage in Northern Ireland. The government’s reaction is further […]

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