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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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Thanks are due to Lawrence Graham (oh okay, LG) for laying on the best BBQ of the year so far last Tuesday (19 June). The bash, the first Lawrence Graham (okay, okay LG) do to see daylight (until now they’ve been held in a crypt on Halloween) was a celebration of the firm’s new building […]

Sackers hires Freshfields pensions expert

Sacker & Partners has beefed up its practice with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer pensions lawyer Ian D’Costa. D’Costa, who was an associate at Freshfields and who joins Sackers in the same role, will work alongside Sackers partner Edward Hayes, whose experience includes winding-up schemes and transitioning defined benefit to defined contribution schemes. Hayes […]

Ward Hadaway breaks £400k PEP barrier

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