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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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ILA elects Lawrence Graham partner

THE INSOLVENCY Lawyers Association (ILA) has elected Lawrence Graham partner John Verrill as president. Verrill, former vice-president of the ILA and currently joint head of the Lawrence Graham insolvency group with Mike Stubbs, says this will be a “key year” for the corporate recovery market. Insolvency practitioners face major challenges, says Verrill. “Among them is […]

The word of God is law

While many Americans vilified Kenneth Starr as an over-zealous witch hunter, faculty members at Pepperdine University School of Law, California, courted him to be their dean. Students and professors at Pepperdine, who come from the same Christian legal world as Starr, say he would have been a perfect choice to carry out the school’s religious […]

Trowers & Hamlins raises Oman stakes

CITY firm Trowers & Hamlins is moving to bigger offices in Oman as competition in the Gulf hots up. The move comes as Baker & McKenzie announced plans to open an office in Bahrain, as exclusively revealed last week in The Lawyer, and Denton Hall this week opened for business in Dubai. Nick Hills, Trowers […]

Fisher Meredith wins after ad ban

LAW FIRM Fisher Meredith has won compensation after controversial advertisements were banned from London Underground. Two posters were outlawed because London Underground feared they were sending out an anti-police message. The first poster was banned last November. It advertised Fisher Meredith’s actions against the police force. But a second poster, advertising the London law firm’s […]

Dutch Bar opens the way for MDPs

Ernst & Young has opened the way for multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) in The Netherlands after the Dutch Bar gave it the go-ahead for its accountancy and legal businesses to profit share. Under the agreement, the firm’s accountants will have no say in the organisation of the legal side of the business, to avoid breaching Dutch […]

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