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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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Hitting the mark

On 17 May thousands of employees from Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) European outlets descended on London to protest against the company’s plans to close its 38 stores in continental Europe.`When the plans were announced earlier this year they were met with vehement opposition, not only from the workforce and the French public, but also from […]

Asda Property Holdings sells Stone Lake Industrial Park

Asda Property Holdings sells Stone Lake Industrial Park, south-east London, to clients of Henderson Global Investors for £5m. Asda Property Holdings advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Richard Vernon). Henderson advised by Olswang.

Home sweet home…

So, A&O is considering Hackney for its next home. The move would certainly raise a few eyebrows, but not half as much as Norton Rose moving to Elephant & Castle.`Rumour has it that the firm is keen to build its office on the roundabout, with the circling road doubling as a moat to keep any […]

Clarke Wilmott hires duo to beef up property side

South West firm Clarke Wilmott & Clarke has further strengthened its property capability with the hire of a legal director from house builder Redrow Group and a property partner from the defunct Bristol office of Eversheds. `Karen Wallis is expected to join Clarke Wilmott from Redrow’s South West division this summer. William Juckes has already […]

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