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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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OSS under fire over its race procedures

A SOLICITOR who won £10,000 compensation from her former firm for racial discrimination has complained to the Legal Services Ombudsman about the way the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors handled her case. Jenny Lindsay won her racial discrimination case against East Midlands firm Ironsides Ray & Vials in November 1994. But her attempts to […]

Hill Dickinson builds up IP expertise

Liverpool-based insurance giant Hill Dickinson is on the expansion trail – taking over two-partner Stockport intellectual property practice Philip Woods & Co to give it an IP facility in the Manchester area. In less than a year the firm has grown from 40 partners to 60 and added Manchester, Stockport and Chester offices to its […]

In brief: Wragge & Co hires public sector partner

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has appointed Peter Keith-Lucas as partner in charge of its public sector practice. Keith-Lucas, a former director of legal and administration services for Swansea City and County, will join the firm on 17 November to head a 60-strong legal section. Wragge & Co also hired Taylor Woodrow legal director Peter […]

In brief: Channel 5 appoints BBC Broadcast head

Channel 5 has poached Colin Campbell as its director of legal and business affairs from BBC Broadcast, where he was head of business affairs. Campbell takes over next January from Jane Gill, who is leaving to set up her own media law practice.

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