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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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Brit paralegal leaves for internship on US death row

A would-be lawyer is about to swap life at a corporate law firm for one working with prisoners on death row after securing an internship with pro bono charity Amicus. Former law student Duncan Jones, who is currently working as a paralegal at Norwich law firm Howes Percival, will in March take up a post […]

McClure Naismith makes real estate hire

Former DLA Piper ­Glasgow partner David Thomson has joined the real estate practice at Scottish firm McClure Naismith. Former ;DLA ;Piper ­Glasgow partner David Thomson has joined the real estate practice at Scottish firm McClure Naismith. Thomson was one of a series of property partners to depart DLA Piper in ­Scotland last year. He exited the firm […]

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Halliwells uses assets as security on RBS loan

Halliwells could see its bank move in and seize its assets in the event of financial difficulties under the terms of a debenture agreement signed with Royal Bank of Scotland. According to a debenture filed with Companies House at the end of last year the firm’s property, fixtures and fittings, LLP goodwill and IP are […]

Freshfields scoops British Land issue

reshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised British Land on its £740m rights issue. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised British Land on its £740m rights issue. The company said the issue would bolster its balance sheet, but the move sent share prices in the property sector tumbling. Freshfields corporate partners Julian Long and Sarah Murphy led the team, while […]

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