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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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Ashurst is to send out private equity partner Simon Beddow to head up its German practice. Beddow, has been troubleshooting in the firm’s Paris office since last year. He was sent over to France in the wake of the departure of rainmaker Thomas Forsbach to Latham & Watkins. Beddow takes up his new position on […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is planning to open an office in the Middle East after a year of success for its new energy practice in the region. Energy partners Agnieszka Klich and Jon Nash joined the firm last year from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, along with Denton Wilde Sapte’s Sohail Barkatali, and they have hit […]

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Insurance distribution company Primary Group has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner David Arthur as Group Corporate Counsel. A partner in BLG’s professional liability and commercial litigation team, Arthur joins Primary Group after 24 years at the firm – 20 of those as a partner. His experience includes acting for large accountants and insurance firms […]

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