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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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Solicitors rally for UK pro bono scheme

LEADING solicitors are to gather in London to discuss plans to set up a national solicitors’ pro bono service. The open meeting next month has been organised by leading charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and is backed by the Law Society and the national charity Business in the Community, which coordinates free legal advice to community […]

Flying in the face of untruth?

A verdict is due in PR man Brian Basham’s libel action over claims that he was a key player in the ‘dirty tricks’ campaign waged by British Airways against Virgin Atlantic. Basham is suing journalist Martyn Gregory and publisher Little, Brown and Co (UK) over allegations made in the book Dirty Tricks. The defendants in […]

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Taylor Joynson Garrett acted in the £11m sale of 25 of Lloyds Bank properties and two Woolworths stores for clients including British Aerospace Pension Fund and Value and Income Trust.

Clyde & Co strengthens Brazilian links

International law firm Clyde & Co has formed official links with Rio de Janeiro firm Prates & Carneiro to coincide with the return of its partner in Venezuela to the London office. Stirling Leech has been based in Brazil and Venezuela since 1990 and will continue to be responsible for the firm’s South and Central […]

Global firms rake in biggest turnover

BIG firms with a powerful presence overseas turn over half as much again as those without, according to a survey of the world’s 50 largest law firms. The survey, published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), also found that firms which have partners and associates permanently based in foreign offices are more successful than […]

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