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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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Where next for Pearson?

Last week The Lawyer reported the departure of head of legal at Pearson, Paul Vickers. Behind the story of one in-house lawyer leaving a major multinational there lies a broader story of how the Americanisation of the media giant Pearson has led the company to rethink the structure of its legal advice. The line from […]

…and readies for Deringer merger

FRESHFIELDS is preparing to merge with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund before 1 May next year. Few major obstacles stand in the way as the terms of the merger were signed at the time the alliance was set up last May and they already share offices on the Continent. The move will lead […]

Nuns in the dock after school shuts down

Roger Pearson reports on a group of parents seeking damages from the trustees of a school which closed without warning. High Court action has been launched in London against two French nuns who are blamed by a group of parents for the closure of a u3,000 a term Gloucestershire school. The 18 parents, represented by […]

International ruling lifts curse for Egypt investors

Lawyers are predicting an influx of UK investment into Egypt after the country’s government has been forced by an international body to recognise treaty rules on contracts for the first time. The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), affiliated to the World Bank, pushed a $60m claim by British hotel group Wena […]

Square Mile

It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules. It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving […]

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