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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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Conveyancing rule aims to deflect gazump blame

the Law Society Council has put guidance regulating the conduct of solicitors selling property on a more formal footing by passing a practice rule. The rule states that if a seller decides to deal with more than one buyer, then the solicitor, with the client’s consent, should notify all those parties who are involved in […]

Glut may 'harm' young Bar

The Bar cannot continue to grow at its current pace and it is “inevitable” there will be a “significant contraction” in its size in coming years, the chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee has warned. Addressing a forum on the future of the profession, Brian O’Neill said there were too many practising barristers and the […]

Guinness promotes team work

In-house lawyers at Guinness are leaving the office next month as part of a team building exercise fostered by the department. The move is one of a number of changes initiated by legal head Dr Ken Mildwaters who undertook a review of the in-house function when he joined from Theodore Goddard earlier this year. But […]

McKennas grows Moscow office

MCKENNA & Co is to expand its Moscow office by moving to new premises in the city three times bigger than its current office. The new office will house up to 12 lawyers plus support staff, a conference room and the latest technology. CIS group head Elena Kirillova says: “Expanding areas of work include acquisitions […]

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