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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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Field Fisher Waterhouse (Marie-Caroline Frochot, David Wilkinson, Mark Sellers, Belinda Benney) advised French group Castel Frères on its purchase of off-license group Oddbins from the Seagram Group, now owned by Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Macfarlanes acted for Pernod Ricard and Slaughter & May for Diageo. Gouldens (James Goold, Adam Greaves) advised Sovereign Capital on its […]

Opinion

Listing. Aren’t ya sick of it? The days of waiting six months for that part-heard hearing to reconvene are gradually passing. Floating is the new black. Why is it that some tribunals think that it is acceptable for a public service to list more cases for hearing than can be heard in one day? And […]

Suing the fat

Tulkinghorn’s advice for Australian meat-lovers: Don’t wear your love on your sleeve, or feet for that matter. The Sydney Morning Herald last week reported on the somewhat bizarre plight of Ross Lucock, who could be facing a A$750,000 (£269,000) damages claim. Lucock was enjoying a lively drinks evening at the Jannali Inn four years ago, […]

CLA reveals new brand

International legal alliance Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA) has launched a massive rebranding exercise as it clarifies its German membership and continues to search for a new UK member

A whole new world

Moving chambers just wasn’t different enough for Philip Vallance QC, so he joined Berrymans – and now he is going places he has never been before Philip Vallance QC is looking very pleased with himself as he has just dipped his toe into the brave new waters of cyberspace. The eminent barrister, who has just […]

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