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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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Privacy lawyers scramble to advise celebrities on tabloid phone hacking claims

Lawyers are gearing up for litigation stemming from the News International phone hacking allegations. Graham Shear Yesterday (9 July) The Guardian revealed that Rupert Murdoch’s empire News International had paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal phone hacking and other illegal action taken by its journalists. The article has […]

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Balkans: Serb your enthusiasm

Serbian capital Belgrade has emerged as the heart of the legal community in the Balkans. But how is the region in general faring in the recession? Tom Phillips reports A great deal has changed in the Balkans over the past eight years. Serbia’s capital ­Belgrade – the former ­capital of Yugoslavia and once the military […]

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Ashurst says goodbye to the million-pound PEP club as profit drops by a third

Ashurst has reported a 35 per cent drop in profit per equity (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year. The silver circle firm reported a PEP of £673,000 during the last financial year, down from £1.04m for the previous year. Earlier this year The Lawyer reported that Ashurst’s revenue had decreased by 7 per cent last […]

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