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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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Slaughters and Davis Polk among advisers as Aviva sells last Delta stake

Slaughter and May has taken a lead advisory role alongside US firms Davis Polk & Wardwell and Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Benelux outfit De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek on UK insurer Aviva’s disposal of its remaining stake in Dutch rival Delta Lloyd. Slaughters corporate partner and Aviva relationship contact Jonathan Marks led the advice to […]

Walker Morris’s Corporate Group reports increased activity in 2012

Walker Morris has announced that its Corporate Group completed more than 120 deals in 2012 — a 24 per cent increase on the previous year. Deal highlights included the acquisition of Bathstore by Endless, the rescue of national shoe retailer Barratts and the secondary management buyout of food manufacturer Symington’s. Dealmakers are also finding an […]

Profits down and debt up for pre-merger Finers Stephens Innocent

Pre-merger Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) posted a profit figure of £5.6m in 2011/12, according to its LLP accounts. That figure is slightly down on the previous 12 months’ profit figure of £5.8m and the firm’s final turnover figure of £17m is less than the £17.6m previously estimated. FSI’s net debt rose slightly to £1.9m from […]

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