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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 […]

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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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British Energy launches panel review with tender requests

British Energy has made the first step towards overhauling its legal panel by sending out a formal request for tenders. Head of legal Jean MacDonald, who is overseeing the review, confirmed that tender enquiry documentation was dispatched last week. It is understood that some of the firms contacted are from the existing panel, which includes Clifford Chance, Hammonds, MacRoberts, McGrigors and […]

Hextalls goes stateside in merger quest

City law firm Hextalls is gearing up its search for a US alliance or merger partner following the election of the firm’s new eight-member executive committee. Chief executive Matthew Clark confirmed that he will be visiting the US in the late summer or early autumn to meet with US firms Hextalls is interested in linking […]

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