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Archive for May 2011

Newshams congratulates the RIBA award winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2011 awards for architectural excellence. The 89 winners in the UK include a community hall in the Hebrides and a self build hideaway in the Lake District as well as fourteen schools and nine university buildings. The awards also give a boost…

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The Bribery Act 2010

Following a delay caused by the need for additional consultation and clarification, the Bribery Act 2010 has received Royal Assent and will come into force on 1 July 2011. This Act aims to modernise the law in relation to bribery both within the UK and abroad. The Ministry of Justice has issued a Quick Start…

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The CIOT comments on SDLT Budget proposals

Within the 2011 Budget, the chancellor, George Osborne, proposed various measures intended to tighten up on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance. These proposals form part of the Finance (No 3) Bill which is currently winding its way through Parliament. Due to the complexity of the Bill, whilst some of its clauses were debated by…

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Contraction in construction

Whilst spring heralded signs of recovery in large swathes of the economy, the construction industry continues to buck the trend. Even admitting that the poor weather at the beginning of the year won’t have helped, construction statistics continue to give cause for concern. Starting with the general picture, although the UK as a whole returned…

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