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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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Bermans' recruit builds up brewery business

LANCASHIRE law firm Bermans has recruited licensing specialist Nigel Copeland to head up its new North West licensing and leisure department alongside existing partner David Gledhill. Copeland, previously with Copeland Lyons, is an established specialist in the licensing field. Anthony Lyons, senior partner at Copeland Lyons, will continue to operate the firm in the licensing […]

In brief: Conditional fees to go to Parliament

Conditional fee regulations are due to be put before Parliament by Lord Mackay imminently, according to the Lord Chancellor’s Department. The Law Society is also gearing up for the arrival of the long awaited “no win no fee” rules and is putting the final touches to a model agreement for solicitors and clients which it […]

A&O fishes for Boodles' head of IP

ALLEN & Overy has poached the head of Boodle Hatfield’s intellectual property department. Stephen Jones, a partner at Boodle Hatfield, joins Allen & Overy next month as a senior associate. Allen & Overy IP partner Catriona Smith says the firm approached Jones for the position which involves co-ordinating IP pharmaceutical matters. He will replace Alan […]

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