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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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Linda Tsang reports Strathclyde University Law School has launched its LLM in Legal Informatics course into cyberspace. It is believed to be the first course to do this. The university’s postgraduate course in information technology law has switched its method of instruction to electronic distance learning. A database of over 25Mb of electronic teaching materials […]

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Amid much activity, Lord Mackay is making a number of changes to diversify the judiciary. Judicial appointments are now advertised in the press and all candidates will be screened by a panel which will include lay interviewers. “He wants to reach out to a wider category of person than had considered the judiciary in the […]

Dewey Ballantine poaches rival head for Prague office

THEODORE Goddard US associate Dewey Ballantine has poached the head of a rival firm’s practice and signed him as partner in charge of its Prague office. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s Marc Packer, who worked as European counsel in Prague for three years, moves over on 1 December. He becomes managing partner of the […]

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