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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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Talk about evading the question. When The Lawyer noticed an article in India’s Telegraph newspaper that quoted a London-based Baker & McKenzie spokesperson saying: “Our current desire is to invite an Indian law firm to join our firm and we look forward to changes in the regulatory environment which will permit this”, obviously we had […]

Thomas Miller to slash advisers via e-tracking

Transport insurance service provider Thomas Miller claims to be the first UK-based company to implement a fully electronic legal spend management system in a bid to cull its roster of external firms by 80 per cent. The system has also been acquired by Barclays (as first reported on www.thelawyer. com, 19 February), which is planning […]

BLG relaunches Oxford with Henmans hires

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has poached two partners from Oxford firm Henmans. They will join BLG’s Oxford office, which traditionally was used as a base for support staff. BLG senior partner Richard Dedman said: “It is a significant move for the firm. Physically we have had an office in Oxford for sometime, but it […]

Insurers threaten to sue over flood losses

UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer. UK insurers Norwich Union and Allianz are looking at whether they can sue water authorities for failing to prevent the floods this summer. The UK’s largest insurer Norwich Union has instructed Beachcroft […]

Cobbetts benefits as Abramovich invests in gold

Cobbetts has landed a key role on the latest acquisition by Russia’s richest man and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. The Manchester-headquartered firm advised AIM-listed gold miner Highland Gold on the sale of a 40 per cent stake in the business to Abramovich for $400m (£194.5m) last week. Abramovich has bought the stake through […]

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