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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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Commercial and common law set 3 Serjeants’ Inn has boosted its clinical negligence offering with the hire of new door tenant Laurence Levy SC. Levy, an Australian silk, has recently been called to the English and Welsh bar and will carry out his practice in the UK from Serjeants’ Inn. Stuart Brown QC, an existing […]

International Eye: Asia

UK firms enjoy Chinese market expansion Good news for UK firms looking to beef up in the Far East. Exclusive research by The Lawyer Global 100 (full report out 30 October) reveals that UK firms are the most successful in terms of increasing their representation in China. While Baker & McKenzie remains the largest foreign […]

Clifford Chance makes regulation catch

Clifford Chance‘s hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) financial regulation partner Simon Gleeson – revealed yesterday on www.thelawyer.com – is in no way a tit-for-tat thing. That’s what official sources are saying, anyway. But there’s some history here. A&O made an unusually high-profile raid in the same area just two years ago, when it took […]

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