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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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Amnesty International wins concessions from Government over advertising

Amnesty has withdrawn its complaint over the ban to the European Court of Human Rights after the Government promised to reconsider the human rights organisation’s case. The Government conceded that Amnesty had suffered loss of income because of the ban and agreed to pay the body “an appropriate sum”. The Government wants the prohibition on […]

THE ANORAK

Bandwidth is one of those words guaranteed to turn any member of an IT department into a car mechanic, sucking their teeth, shaking their head and saying, “big job… going to cost ya… not easy” and suchlike. But as firms race to add the latest high-tech fad to their operation and their marketing literature, it […]

Celtic uprising

Ireland The “Celtic tiger” is still roaring. Or so it seems for Irish law firms both north and south of the border. According to everybody in the industry, there is no let-up in the work and the pressure is now on the individual firms to keep up with the pace of demand. The main effect […]

BAE Systems

BAE Systems sells 395-acre site to Redrow Group for urban village development. BAE Systems advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Adrian Dear, Richard Vernon and Melanie Jordan). Redrow advised by Hill Dickinson.

Martineau Johnson/ Mills & Reeve merger off

After months of intensive talks, the 53-partner firm Mills & Reeve – which has offices in Cambridge, Birmingham, Cardiff and Norwich – and 34-partner Birmingham based Martineau Johnson decided there was “insufficient synergy” between the two to make a merger possible. Martineau’s managing partner, David Gwyther says: “There is a good deal of mutual respect […]

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