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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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Quote of the week

“He used to get drunk at parties and they decided this was the sort of person they should have.” – Management consultant Alan Hodgart on how one firm decided on its new partners.

Bevan Ashford rebuts bullying allegations

Bristol-based firm Bevan Ashford is facing a charge of constructive dismissal from a former marketing executive. The firm, which is well-known in the South West for its employment work, failed to stop “systematic bullying” in its marketing department by its former head Sarah Hall, according to Erica Hodkinson. Sources allege that Hall’s departure followed investigations […]

The media lawyer has finally come of age

Twenty years ago the mention of a media lawyer conjured up images of shiny suits and one-sided contracts. Now, expertise in intellectual property (IP) law is a fundamental component of the staple of the 21st century lawyer’s diet: the corporate-media deal. It was in the early 1980s that the potential for wealth creation of businesses […]

Law firms may be needed to draft new laws

The Government’s lawyers are reportedly so snowed under with the weighty workload that Labour’s legislative programme is facing delay. The utilities bill, for example, – which reforms utility regulations – was due to be published before Christmas, but is now, apparently, on hold. There are also growing fears that the financial services and markets bill […]

Battle for Singapore licences

Australian lawyers are attempting to prevent UK firms from securing licences to practise local law in Singapore. The Australian government is coming under increased pressure from the Law Council of Australia to lobby hard for the right to practise in the former colony. Under new licensing arrangements, which were passed by the Singapore parliament at […]

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