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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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In brief: John Cunliffe retires to join academia

Leading pensions lawyer John Cunliffe, who is head of employee benefits at McKenna & Co, is to retire next June and is considering taking up a lecturing job overseas. He said: “I will be 62 by next June, McKennas’ official retirement age. That is quite old for a City lawyer.” Cunliffe said he was looking […]

Four lawyers and a laptop

Four lawyers, four bits of kit and four opinions about why the laptop computer has changed legal practice in the Nineties I have recently been given a new toy – a Toshiba Tecra 700 CT laptop computer. For the computer buffs, it has a 1GB hard disk, 16MB RAM, one floppy disk drive, one CD-Rom […]

Law Soc's Hern bides her time as redundancy package offered

Former Law Society director of management planning Jane Hern – whose job was abolished by the internal shake-up of new secretary general Jane Betts in August – is expected to announce her plans for the future early this week. Hern has been offered the new post of director of policy or the option of taking […]

Global firms rake in biggest turnover

BIG firms with a powerful presence overseas turn over half as much again as those without, according to a survey of the world’s 50 largest law firms. The survey, published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), also found that firms which have partners and associates permanently based in foreign offices are more successful than […]

Carlsberg-Tetley

In last week’s issue of The Lawyer it was incorrectly reported on the City page under the headline “Linklaters forced out of brewery bid work” that Ashurst Morris Crisp was advising Bass, and Simmons & Simmons was acting for Allied Domecq during negotiations for Bass to acquire Allied Domecq’s half share in Carlsberg Tetley. In […]

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