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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 cure for the great millennium hangover

As the country wakes up to the plink, plink, fizzzzz of the new millennium on 1 January, they’ll be clearing away the empties from the Dome and polishing the displays ready for the great British public to flock in and see the zones dedicated to New Britain and its great commercial successes. Or at least […]

The City Lawyer's Tale

Mergers had happened before, mergers would happen again. But the coming together of Clifford Turner and Coward Chance was different. It was an event that would change the UK’s legal landscape and would later be the catalyst to a redrawing of the European and global legal maps. In a quintessentially British, civilised way, it all […]

The Judge's Tale

Back in 1948, when Kerr was called to the bar, pre-reading was something judges did as an extra. “In the old days, the presentation in court digested everything for the judge,” says Kerr, who sat on the High Court Bench from 1972-81 and the Court of Appeal Bench from 1981-89. “Not only was he not […]

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The lucrative field of banking is attracting a host of names to watch. Mark Western and James Chesterman from Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London operation are praised for gaining “the confidence of clients so quickly” after the office opened in 1995. Staying with the US firms, Anthony Ward at Shearman & Sterling is rated by […]

The Regional Lawyer's Tale

John Crabtree: senior partner, Wragge & Co For a week’s work in 1971, Crabtree received from Wragge & Co the princely sum of £8. He wasn’t complaining, however, because he knew there were others who were worse off. Indeed, at other firms, there were still articled clerks who were paying their principals for the privilege […]

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