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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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OFT ends DLA complaint after APPC U-turn

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has closed DLA Piper‘s complaint that a lobbying industry body was guilty of anticompetitive behaviour. The OFT closed the case after the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) climbed down from its position requiring that those that contract public affairs or lobbying services should only deal with APPC members. […]

Big business turns to lawyers for compliance

Several stories in this column over recent weeks have focused on the aggressive growth strategies of numerous firms in New York. But it’s not just private practice firms that are out in packs hunting for lawyers. Thanks to the ever-more stringent US regulatory regime, lawyers are increasingly becoming in demand as compliance officers in major […]

Andrew Fritchie: PartyGaming

What’s the toughest thing about your job?The number of spinning plates, each one of which would warrant significant endeavour if I had time. Name: Andrew FritchieTitle: General counselCompany: PartyGamingLives: GibraltarEducation:1976-83: Chosen Hill School, Churchdown1983-86: LLB (Hons), University College, Chichester1988: Called to the bar, Inner Temple2001-03: Executive MBA, London Business SchoolWork history: 1986-87: Group finance trainee, […]

New labour

An influx of Eastern European labour is helping North East business. But it’s vital that the workers’ rights are upheld, says David Gibson The image of the North East as a stagnant economic area belies the tremendous industry and innovation currently taking place in the region. The One North East Regional Economic Strategy for 2006 […]

Simmons pits its wits in India

Simmons & Simmons’ Mark Dawkins is the latest managing partner of a UK-headquartered firm to go door-knocking on the subcontinent. His itinerary will take him to law schools, with which Simmons wants to reinforce ties to entice smart Indian graduates to London, and also to Indian law firms. Simmons currently uses around 10 Indian firms […]

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