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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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North West test

Low costs per lawyer have helped North West firms boost their profits. Add to this a string of mergers and a new corporate focus and the South had better watch its back. By Joanne Harris Two years ago, Manchester celebrated a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and law firms celebrated. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to […]

Blackstone Chambers votes in new heads

^WH¬ne Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley QC as its new heads of chambers. The duo replace Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC after almost seven years at the helm.Mill and Beazley will hold the posts for a five-year term, wh… Blackstone Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley […]

Safe saving

Since Guernsey made market abuse a criminal offence with a penalty of up to seven years in prison, investors are more protected than ever before. Benjamin Wrench reports Shell might have been fined £17m by the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA), but that is just the beginning of a long-expected global crackdown. The number of […]

BLP and FFW both land new hotel sector clients

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have scored a client win apiece in the hotels sector. BLP advised property manager Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) on its acquisition of the Hotel Du Vin hotel chain for £66.4m in its first direct instruction from MWB. The deal follows work that BLP undertook for boutique […]

Project and serve

Amec’s shift from construction to a primarily services-based company is a strategic switch that has come good. Jodi Bartle reports on its progress Amec, a hybrid project management and services company comprising engineering, construction and projects, sports the dubious claim of being one of the largest UK companies currently in Iraq, having won lucrative power […]

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