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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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If successful, Nelsons' campaign will run across Yorkshire

NINE-partner Leeds firm Nelson & Co has launched a hard-hitting advertising campaign, direct mailing over 50,000 homes in Leeds in a bid to attract personal injury work. It hopes for a response rate of between 2 and 7 per cent, and if the scheme proves to be a success then millions of homes across Yorkshire […]

In brief: Entwistle to head UK Chambers of Commerce

John Entwistle, consultant at northwest firm Davies Wallis Foyster, was elected president of the British Chambers of Commerce in London last week. Entwistle was chairman of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce between 1992 and 1994, and is chairman of several private property companies.

Year of the specialist lawyer

The recruitment of specialists is seen as crucial for long-term success in a transformed Irish market. How much longer can the Celtic Tiger roar? This question is increasingly being asked as Ireland continues to beat all economic predictions. But, with the top 25 law firms reporting activity up by an average of 20-30 per cent […]

Charterer maintains course over contract

The Appeal Court is set to decide whether a charterer was entitled to invoke its cancellation clause, reports Roger Pearson. Judgment is now pending in a case of considerable significance in the shipping world. It centres on the rights of charterers to cancel charterparties. A finding by Mr Justice Mance in the High Court on […]

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