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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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Identrus

In February last year, the Identrus operating rules were being finalised and Lovells was advising Nat-West, HSBC and Barclays on the finalisation of the draft rules. The Identrus scheme has more than 40 member financial institutions from North America, Europe and Asia which have agreed to be subject to Identrus’s uniform system rules. These specifications […]

Shakespeares

Shakespeares, the Midlands firm, has elected head of its personal injury department Gary Christianson (left) to managing partner. He succeeds Andrew Argyle who returns to full-time fee-earning. Christianson will hold the role for three years and will continue to handle client work. He currently bills more than £1m a year.

The Bigger Picture

UCI’s passion for turing unused sites into entertainment meccas sets it apart from the rest and with a growing number of European operations, the company’s legal department is always on the lookout for support. Naomi Rovnick reports Manchester-based United Cinemas International (UCI) builds multiplex cinemas. It does not gobble up high-street cinemas in the same […]

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How times change. Collyer Bristow has just appointed a former client care manager as its chief executive, in the shape of Jonathan Fox, who was formerly at DLA.`Now I am sure that among some of the old school there will be a raised eyebrow or two about the fact that a marketeer is overseeing a […]

Freshfields takes Germany to the ICJ

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is taking Germany to the International Court of Justice alleging the violation of international law. `Last week Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer submitted an application to the ICJ in The Hague on behalf of the principality of Liechtenstein.`It accuses Germany of disregarding the sovereignty of the State of Liechtenstein and violating the right to […]

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