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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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Failing to include allergen information on a food label is now a criminal offence. Owen Warnock and Richard Matthews look at the increased regulations facing the food industry Recalls in the food industry have hit the headlines in the past couple of years – the most notable being the costly Sudan 1 and Para Red […]

The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job? A bread butterer in a sandwich factory at the age of 10 – a clear violation of the Factory Acts Legislation. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Disclosing a dismally negative counsel’s opinion to the other side in a list of documents. Where’s the best place to go if […]

China MoJ loophole helps Orrick launch

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is to use a loophole in Chinese licensing laws to secure licences for both the Beijing and Shanghai offices it is set to inherit from Coudert Brothers by mid-April. It has emerged that the firm is in advanced negotiations with the Chinese Ministry of Justice to secure both practice licences at […]

Lawyers wary as new Legislative Reform Bill expands Govt powers

Lawyers have expressed concern that the new Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill will give the Government unprecedented powers to make and change UK laws at will. The powers in the bill allow a minister to amend legislation without parliamentary scrutiny. The idea is to reduce red tape, but the lack of safeguards has lawyers worried. […]

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