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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 […]

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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Eversheds is shutting its Manchester-based residential conveyancing unit Home2Home, after deciding to stop residential conveyancing The unit’s main client was building society Bradford & Bingley.The decision leaves 23 jobs hanging in the balance, but the firm states it is “going through a consultation process” with the Home2Home employees.Home2Home employs two solicitors. The rest of the […]

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Addleshaw Booth & Co has advised on its first project for the Met Office opposite Ashurst Morris Crisp, which is acting for development consortium Stratus Integrated Services.The £80m project to construct new headquarters for the Met Office, part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is now underway and scheduled for completion in the summer of […]

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