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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&O raises Hong Kong profile with £1bn Swire Pacific deal

The Hong Kong office of Allen & Overy (A&O) advised joint arrangers HSBC and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the establishment of a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) medium term note programme for Swire Pacific.`Although the firm is already a market leader in the medium term note programme, it is trying to develop its relationship with Hong Kong […]

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On 23 May, Mr Justice Moses handed down his judgment in the Interbrew/Bass case. In an unprecedented ruling, the January decision of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry requiring the divestment of Bass by Interbrew was overturned.`Interbrew’s challenge to the Competition Commission and Government’s decisions was based on the argument that the remedy […]

Lovells becomes Equitable’s top adviser

Troubled mutual Equitable Life has named Lovells as its main legal adviser, despite its historic relationship with Denton Wilde Sapte. `Equitable Life chairman Vanni Treves described Lovells as the society’s main adviser at its annual general meeting on 23 May.`A Lovells team led by insurance specialist Robin Spencer is advising Equitable Life on a compromise […]

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