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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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The European Commission has blocked Ryanair’s hostile €1.48bn (£1bn) bid for Irish airline Aer Lingus on competition grounds. The move was a rare one for the Commission, which last made such a block in 2004. It has also cleared airline mergers between national carriers in the past, such as that of Air France and KLM. […]

College of Law strikes key deal with 30 firms

The College of Law’s plan to dominate legal education has moved up a gear after it struck a major deal with 30 law firms to provide a pioneering training programme for its junior corporate lawyers. The law school will provide members of the consortium, which includes Berwin Leighton Paisner, Dechert, Herbert Smith, Jones Day, SJ […]

ASB Law shrinks hours targets

ASB Law has reduced the number of chargeable hours expected of its partners as part of a review aimed at boosting its depressed revenue. In the 2005-06 financial year the firm’s gross fees dropped by a little more than 3 per cent to £17.6m, falling by a further 3 per cent in the 2006-07 period. […]

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