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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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ABA London conference set to flop

The American Bar Association’s annual conference is facing a crisis after grossly over-estimating registration numbers for its London conference this summer. Its $1m (£664,691) emergency fund could be used for the first time in a bid to stop costs spiralling out of control. Only 3,000 lawyers have signed up for the event in July instead […]

Deals

Paisner & Co acted for European Telecom on its £15.6m purchase of Banner Telecom. The acquisition is financed by a placing and open offer to raise £20.2m, sponsored by Collins Stewart. Corporate partner Alexandra Denison and head of corporate finance Keith Stella acted on the deal. Lawrence Graham represented Banner Telecom. Gouldens acted for Collins […]

Deborah Sabalot

Tamzin Hindmarch meets Deborah Sabalot, the New Orleans’ lawyer who is flying in the face of fashion by ditching KLegal for a future in her adopted home of London with Lovells. There is no doubt that the latest arrival in Lovells’ financial department, former director at KLegal Deborah Sabalot, has adapted quickly to her new […]

Get out of jail free

Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lay magistrates. That stalwart and representative body of men and women across the country who for years have handed down fines, sentences and opinions on local wrongdoers, could soon see themselves thrown off the bench. Under the latest set of ideas to come out of Lord Irvine’s reforms factory, the existing network of courts run […]

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