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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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A raft of new legislation dealing with data protection, the regulation of employers’ investigatory powers and human rights has had an effect on employer and employee rights. There are three areas where employers must take on board changes to privacy-related rights.“Pre-employment selection`Employers can face discrimination claims on the basis of sex, race and disability when […]

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Spruson and Cheong in IP merger

A new niche practice has been formed in Singapore with the marriage of two of Asia’s biggest names in IP. `Patent and trademark lawyers Spruson & Ferguson Pte, the Singapore arm of Australian firm Spruson & Ferguson, has merged with local IP specialist Ella Cheong & G Mirandah.`The firm will be known as Ella Cheong […]

Freeth acts over smear test errors

Leicester law firm Freethcartwright is dealing with 60 claims made against the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The trust is being sued after an internal audit of its cervical screening service unearthed evidence of ‘false negative’ results.`The claims come in part from families of women who died of cervical cancer after being wrongly given […]

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