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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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Unlicensing laws

New regulations mean that private trust companies no longer need to obtain a trust licence to act as trustees, allowing the Cayman Islands to maintain its competitive edge, reports Sara Collins The highly anticipated Private Trust Companies Regulations 2008 have now been enacted in the Cayman Islands, a development that has been greeted with enthusiasm […]

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Hammonds begins lay-off talks with minimum 20 staff

Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. The redundancies are expected across the corporate and real estate departments in all of the firm’s offices. Hammonds’ managing partner, Peter Crossley (pictured) said: “Unfortunately, difficult market conditions have made it necessary for us to […]

Sun, sea and silks

Many companies are finding that the Caribbean legal systems make the region an ideal destination for dispute resolution, says Seamus Andrews It is 10am on another sunny day in the Cayman Islands. The Judge’s chambers are housed in an ­unobtrusive building within sight of four large cruise ships. The dispute is of a type very […]

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White & Case axes Bangkok office

White & Case is set to close its third office in less than a month as Thailand follows departures from Italy and the German city of Dresden. White & Case is pulling out of Thailand and letting its Bangkok office relaunch itself as a 58-lawyer independent firm. The departure from Thailand follows the closure of […]

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