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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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Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14. The personal injury firm, which was granted an ABS licence in April 2014, merged with local firm Lavin Copitch Solicitors last year. […]

Shoosmiths advises McKay on purchase of Thames Valley office development

Shoosmiths has advised McKay Securities on the purchase of Station Plaza, Theale, a major office development in the heart of the Thames Valley town. McKay is a real-estate investment trust (REIT) specialising in office and industrial property in London and the south east of England. Shoosmiths’ Thames Valley real-estate partner Alan Corcoran and associate George […]

HBJ Gateley advises Point and Sandwick on development of Beinn Ghrideag wind farm

For several years, HBJ Gateley has been providing legal advice to Point and Sandwick Power for its planned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, near Stornoway on Lewis. Last week, the company announced it had successfully raised the necessary finance. Using three Enercon turbines, it will be the largest community wind farm to date in Scotland, […]

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