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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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When regional firm Stoneham Langton & Passmore won the u1 million contract for Croydon Council’ s legal work earlier this year it stamped its name on the local authority market. The firm, which operates from three offices around the country, including a six-partner Croydon practice, was awarded the tender after beating more than 70 top […]

Lawyers offered reductions on long-distance phone calls

Fennell Betson A new telecommunications network using the National Grid’s electricity carrying system is offering law firms and chambers reductions of at least 10 per cent on British Telecom rates for their national non-local calls. On average, 60 to 70 per cent of the legal profession’s calls by value are long-distance – over 30 miles […]

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Wates City of London Properties was advised by Norton Rose on its 2 for 7 rights issue to raise u31m net.

Brocket trial abandoned

Lord Brocket’s legal proceedings against a number of insurers due to go to trial nextonth have been abandoned. The proceedings against General Accident, Lloyd’s and insurance brokers John Scott and Partners, were issued following the insurers’ refusal to pay a claim of u4.5 million. The claim arose from the theft of three Ferraris, one Maserati […]

First expert witness show at Barbican

Britain will host the world’s first exhibition for expert witnesses – the Expert Witness Event – in London later this year. The exhibition, to be held at the Barbican on 22 and 23 November, will allow visitors from the legal profession, industry and finance to meet experts in a range of topics including handwriting, ergonomics, […]

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