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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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A&O in alliance talks with Singapore firm

ALLen & Overy has confirmed speculation that it is discussing a joint venture with leading Singapore banking firm Shook Lin & Bok. Both are reaching the final stages of negotiations to put forward a bid for one of only five licences available from the country’s government. If granted, the licence would permit the two firms […]

Nabarros named on DfEE consultant list

Leading public sector firm Nabarro Nathanson has been named in the Department of Education and Employment’s (DfEE’s) list of providers and consultants. The firm is among those chosen by School Standards Minister Estelle Morris to deal with issues arising from an increasing number of local authority interventions in-volving failing and under-achieving schools. The School Standards […]

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Perhaps I was a little harsh on the Lockerbie prosecutor Colin Boyd QC two weeks ago when I referred to him as “the hapless Lord Advocate”. But the adjective is proving remarkably apt. Boyd had made it clear he was not ready to go ahead with the trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing […]

Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice. The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute. According to David Weatherburn, head of insurance and […]

Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths. Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston’s Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya in London. Anderson specialises in major […]

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