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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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A landmark ruling in Australia is likely to spell the end for “Chinese walls” in law firms down under. The decision by the Western Australia (WA) Supreme Court in Perth may also have serious implications for firms looking to merge because of ensuing conflicts of interest. Top-10 Australian firm Philips Fox has been ordered to […]

Sonnenscheins pulls out of UK

US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal is closing its London office – leaving its high-profile partners, poached from leading UK firms, unsure of their futures. The Chicago-based firm has set a target date of 1 December to shut down its operations. The office was founded in 1994 and has made high-profile recruitments including former Allen […]

Solicitors excused from court

The Law Society has changed its rules to excuse solicitors from their duty to attend court in some civil and criminal cases where counsel has been instructed. Under the old rule, solicitors could be disciplined for failing to attend, even if they were not actually needed or where clients could not recover costs from their […]

Insider's guide to the digital galaxy

According to pundits, e-commerce experts are few and far between. Mark Brandon examines industry’s views as to which firms are scaling the heights ‘Good e-commerce lawyers are rarer than hen’s teeth.’ That is, according to one head of department at a major City law firm which, in common with most of its rivals, is trying […]

Scott Redpath on the allocation of policyholders' final bonuses.

Scott Redpath is a barrister at Hammond Suddards. Several interesting points emerged in the recent case of The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Alan David Hyman, heard by vice-chancellor Richard Scott in the High Court.The originating summons sought declarations on questions arising from the allocation of final bonuses by Equitable Life (the Society) to its […]

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