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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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Some mirth emerged in the otherwise bleak proceedings between Peter Bloxham and his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (10 July), there was a group of partners who (officially or unofficially, depending on whether you take the Freshfields or Bloxham view) represented the interests of the older partners at the firm. They […]

Microsoft shakes up legal team

Microsoft UK has restructured its legal department, promoting commercial lawyer Dervish Tayyip to manage the legal group. Tayyip replaces Chris Parker, who has been promoted to senior director for law and corporate affairs in the UK. Before starting his new role, Tayyip managed the legal support for Microsoft’s services business across Europe, the Middle East […]

Semple Fraser seals landmark waste ruling

Scottish firm Semple Fraser has scored a key ruling at the Court of Appeal on the legal definition of waste. The firm, acting for OSS Group, a collector and recycler of waste oils, sought to clear up the definition of waste after the Government and the Environment Agency failed to agree on the official interpretation […]

SJ Berwin worst for CO2 emissions

SEVEN of the country’s top 20 law firms have released their carbon emission counts, with SJ Berwin spewing forth the most carbon at 19.2 tonnes of CO2 per lawyer. The firm is officially carbonneutral and claims to have been so since 2001. It has planted more than 15,000 trees in the UK to offset its […]

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