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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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Firms shrug off threat of growing PI rates

Solicitors could face increased professional indemnity (PI) insurance bills this year after five years of ­softening PI rates. Solicitors could face increased ;professional indemnity (PI) insurance bills this year after five years of ­softening PI rates. PI insurance is the third-largest overhead for any firm behind property and staff costs, and firms are required by the […]

Howard Kennedy

UK 200 Position: 64 UK 2… Position: 64 (same as last year)Firm: Howard Kennedy Turnover: £44mProfit per equity partner: £618KEarnings per partner: £246KEquity spread: £295K-£900KNet profit: £10.5mProfit margin: 24 per centRevenue per fee-earner: £291KRevenue per lawyer: £373KRevenue per partner: £657KRevenue per equity partner: £2.59mTotal number of fee-earners: 151Total number of qualified partners: 118Total number of […]

Freshfields becomes first magic circle firm to make redundancies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has axed as many as four associates in its real estate group, becoming the first magic circle firm to make redundancies. A spokeswoman for the firm confirmed that “more than one, but fewer than five” associates had departed, but would not confirm the exact number. Tim Jones, chairman of the London management […]

BarFutures pair in bid to cut out chambers

Former 7 Bedford Row chief executive Stephen Allen and ex-Peel Court CEO Ian Dodd have launched BarFutures – a post-Clementi service that aims to cut barristers’ expenses. The service seeks to remove the expenses related to clerks and chambers’ ­contributions. While the barristers who join the company will be able to work from home, BarFutures […]

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