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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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In brief: Lovells loses its head of insolvency

Lovell White Durrant’s head of insolvency, Peter Horrocks, a leading practitioner in his field, is retiring from the firm and will serve his 12 months notice until October 1998. Horrocks has been a partner at the firm for 22 years and played a key role in the BCCI liquidation. He said he was keen for […]

Subjecting opinions to the immunity test

Jean Graham Hall is co-author of The Expert Witness with Gordon D Smith. Liability is now becoming an important issue for expert witnesses, according to Jean Graham Hall and Gordon Smith. The expert witness, when requested by a solicitor on behalf of a client contemplating litigation to provide an independent report and give evidence, may […]

Merrills turns to Freshfields

Investment bank Merrill Lynch chose Freshfields ahead of Linklaters to advise it on its £3.1bn takeover of Britain’s biggest fund manager, Mercury Asset Management (MAM). The bank’s decision to turn to Freshfields for such a major deal has surprised City lawyers, given Linklaters’ close association with Merrill Lynch. Linklaters advised on the bank’s acquisition of […]

Kuwait Airways claims $300m

The Law Lords are considering whether to hear an appeal questioning insurance time limits. Kuwait Airways Corporation is seeking leave to challenge a Court of Appeal decision in May upholding a High Court ruling over an insurance claim relating to 15 aircraft, spares and equipment trapped at Kuwait Airport when the Iraqis invaded. The High […]

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