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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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Michelmores in second Foot Anstey raid

South West firm Foot Anstey has lost a second team to local rival Michelmores, including board member Vanessa Priddis. Family partner Priddis joins the firm as head of the childcare team, along with associates Rachel Cook and Sarah Back. Priddis ­specialises in childcare abuse cases, surrogacy and adoption work. The departures come after Foot Anstey […]

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Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires

Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires” />Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. The firm’s current senior partner Michael Rowles will retire at the start of November but will maintain his links with the firm […]

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Let’s get together

I’ve lost count of the number of times lawyers and law firm consultants have predicted consolidation in the UK legal market. The concept appears to be so devoutly wished for that it has virtually been elevated to a moral imperative. So why hasn’t it happened? One reason is that lawyers are simply too ­conservative to […]

Simmons axes 27 staff in three-year wages review

Simmons & Simmons has made eight lawyers and 19 service staff redundant ­following ;a ;three-year review of its wage bill. The drive led to cuts in the IT and secretarial teams over the three years.A review of fee-earners saw eight associates leave, 35 lawyers sent on secondment and 15 lawyers, including two partners, ­relocated to […]

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