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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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Unilever to restructure legal group

Consumer goods giant Unilever is working on a massive overhaul of its legal department. The company is hoping to complete the restructure of its central legal sites, based at Unilever’s dual head offices in London and Rotterdam, by autumn. The central legal departments are currently split into a number of different functions covering geographical and […]

It’s been a good week for…

Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts […]

…as it merges with Luxembourg firm

Clifford Chance has merged with Luxembourg firm Faltz & Kremer after months of wrangling with the Luxembourg bar. The Lawyer first revealed the planned link-up in August, when talks were said to be at an “advanced stage”. But the merger was delayed until 1 January because of objections from Luxembourg’s restrictive bar association – particularly […]

Movement at the bar

The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers. The departure of Sir Nicholas Lyell QC from Brick Court Chambers shows that not even the magic circle is secure from rival chambers poaching its leading barristers. Such movement, as well as […]

Martineaus sets up telecoms team

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has set up a telecoms group to target the explosion in the mobile phone industry. Martineaus says that it is only the third firm outside London to launch a telecoms team. The other firms are Wiggin & Co and Eversheds in Leeds. Martineaus’ move coincides with the arrival of Chris Moseley […]

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