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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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Burness overhauls management team

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Despite recent moves to raise associate pay, the rate of increase in average partner profits in the UK’s top 10 firms has outpaced significantly the growth in newly qualified salaries. Newly qualified associates, the most accurate barometer of associate salaries, received their largest pay rises for several years at the start of the current financial […]

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Money, money, money. Go on, admit it, you’ve been gagging to know all the little nuggets revealed in The Lawyer’s very first Money Issue. The UK’s richest lawyer last year was Andrew Nulty of Warrington’s Avalon Solicitors. You might well ask: “Who?” Nulty heads a US-style ‘class action’ boutique that has almost literally appeared from […]

Dickinson Dees in Standard Life conveyancing win

Dickinson Dees has won a competitive tender to bag the key role advising Standard Life on its entire national commercial conveyancing portfolio. Under the three-year contract announced today (22 August), the Newcastle-based firm expects to handle over 350 cases a year across England and Wales for the pension and investment specialist. Commercial property associate Joe […]

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