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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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Wiggin & Co is set to scoop new instructions from TV stations Channel 4 and Five after recruiting senior associate Amali de Silva from Olswang. De Silva worked closely with media litigation partner Susan Aslan at Olswang, prior to which they were both at DJ Freeman, where Channel 4’s controller of legal and compliance Jan […]

A truly magical evening

The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. Allen & Overy telecoms partner Chris Watson, father of acting star Emma (pictured), who you can see in the Harry Potter films, had obviously been stung by the implication that his […]

Law Soc green light for training framework overhaul

The Law Society Council today (Thursday 24 February) gave the go-ahead for the next stage of the controversial Training Framework Review, which has split the profession’s educational establishment. The review proposes to scrap the current system for qualifying as a solicitor, replacing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a series of assessments undertaken over a […]

Ofgem ups stable of legal advisers to reduce outlay

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has added three more firms to its six-strong legal panel in a bid to slash its legal spend. Herbert Smith, Lovells and Norton Rose have all scooped places on Ofgem’s panel for the first time. They join Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, Olswang and Simmons […]

Testa Hurwitz partners demand return of capital

Eight former partners of dissolved Boston firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault are trying to force the partnership into involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The eight partners, who left between 2001 and 2004, are seeking to recover their capital contributions. The firm dissolved on January 14, 2005. Involuntary Chapter 11 petitions are rarely successful but the […]

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