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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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Inland Revenue slashes barristers' fees

The Inland Revenue has dramatically reduced the fees it pays to barristers, in some cases by up to 75 per cent It comes at a time when the Government Legal Service (GLS) is overhauling the way in which it pays barristers by establishing a single rate for each panel of barristers doing Government work.Under this […]

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Space technology company Astrium is one of Europe’s premier players in the sector. Kathryn Hobbs talks to general counsel Stefan Seyfarth about how he keeps its feet on the ground

Shearman gives Englishman top London job

The head of Shearman & Sterling’s English law practice Kenneth MacRitchie has been appointed as the firm’s new managing partner in London He has vowed to build up the office’s corporate capability. MacRitchie succeeds Pamela Gibson to take charge of the third-largest office of any US firm in London.MacRitchie commented: “I think it makes a […]

Variety is the spice of life

Exactly how raucous can a bunch of lawyers get? Top marks to Allen & Overy, whose table enlivened an already rumbustious evening at the Variety Club’s inaugural legal gastronomic event at The Dorchester last week. And top marks to Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Lionel Rosenblatt, who managed to persuade a whole slew of top chefs, […]

De Wilde to ease LSC worries for chambers

A working party has been set up to investigate ways of helping small and medium-sized chambers to comply with Bar Council and Government requirements A major part of the inquiry, which is chaired by Robin de Wilde QC, is to address the Legal Services Commission’s plans to introduce a so-called ‘quality mark’ covering the management […]

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