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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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Hammonds usurps DLA Piper for Tesco adviser role

Hammonds has ousted DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary from its role as supermarket giant Tesco’s main employment law adviser. The firm’s Leeds employment head Mark Shrives led a national team bidding for the work against DLA Piper and a number of other firms. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (12 July), Shrives described the appointment as […]

New Law Soc president labels Falconer “naive”

Law Society president Fiona Woolf has hit out at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, over the draft Legal Services Bill and the powers it gives to the new umbrella regulator. Speaking to The Lawyer, Woolf said: “For the Lord Chancellor to suggest to me that the Legal Services Board would not use its powers is […]

FFW leads GMC fight over expert witness immunity

Field Fisher Waterhouse was in the Court of Appeal last week on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC), fighting a ruling that protects expert witnesses from disciplinary action. Partner Tom Rider was instructed by the GMC to bring the appeal against Mr Justice Collins’ February decision in a case brought by retired paediatrician Sir […]

When in Rome…

Foreign banks have repeatedly been denied access to the Italian market. But a call for increased competition will change all that, say Veronica Pinotti and Jeffrey Greenbaum For the past 10 years foreign banks have looked upon the Italian market with the eyes of a child in the week before Christmas, looking at their presents […]

2-3 Gray’s Inn Square appoints new head

2-3 Gray’s Inn Square has elected planning specialist Mark Lowe QC as its new head of chambers as the set moves to modernise and grow. Lowe takes over from Anthony Porten QC, who has held the role for the past five years. He said his aims as head of chambers were to streamline the way […]

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