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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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Hill Dickinson turnover soars over £50m

Hill Dickinson has broken the £50m turnover barrier for the first time, posting a 16 per cent income rise to £52.5m. The North West firm saw impressive growth in a number of areas, particularly professional services, employment and company and commercial. But the marine and claims management departments suffered. Hill Dickinson lost a team of […]

UK put in the shade as US firms reveal record results

More evidence that the US is where the money is: the finalised financial results are out for the top 100 US firms, and they reflect poorly on the UK. Overall the combined gross revenue for the top 100 US firms reached $50.7bn (£28.9bn) in 2005, up 10 per cent on the previous year. This compares […]

Deals roundup

Freshfields plays part in creation of mobile giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York-based Dewey Ballantine and South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens all advised in mobile phone giant MTN’s $5.52bn (£3.01bn) acquisition of Investcom – a deal creating the largest mobile phone operator in Africa and the Middle East. Based in South Africa, MTN has […]

Livingstone to be witness in Thames Water inquiry

National firm Shoosmiths is preparing to put the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on the stand as it acts for Thames Water in a forthcoming planning inquiry. Head of planning Iain Gilbey has spent the past five years working for Thames Water, advising on a proposed £200m desalination plant in Beckton, East London. In April, […]

Grapevine

BLG enjoys a spot of name dropping The kings of law firm advertising have to be the personal injury, ‘no win, no fee’ set that dominate daytime television schedules. But City firms are doing their best to close the gap. Last week Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took the bold step of taking out a […]

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