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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 […]

Downsizing?..There may be no choice

Now is the time to invest in companies that make small furniture! The 2 1 City of Westminster in the City Plan 2019- 2040 has suggested that new developments and conversions will (unless necessary to protect a heritage asset) not be allowed to provide units of greater than 150 sq m (1,615 sq ft) to […]

Survey: Brexit will have a greater impact on the UK than 2008 crash

By Robin Henry In a recent survey by law firm Collyer Bristow of 200 senior decision makers at firms based in London, 80% stated that they believe that Brexit will have a greater impact on the UK economy than the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008. Interestingly that fell to 64% in the banking and financial […]

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Istanbul set to become international arbitration centre

Establishment of a globally renowned arbitration centre in Istanbul has long been discussed. There is concern over the lack of such an institution despite the increasing use of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism in Turkey. The idea of establishing an international arbitration centre in Istanbul was first officially mooted in the Strategy and […]

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You have to be good to worry about fee rates

Mid-market firms fret about their image, while the elite focus on pricing Nobody can quite agree on what ‘brand’ actually means, but everyone knows it is important. Indeed, research into leading law firms’ business challenges shows  the mid-market is nervous about it. A survey of 313 partners, finance bods and business development directors at The […]

Receiver entitled to remuneration as officer of the court

The Court of Appeal has found that a receiver appointed under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 1988, but discharged in 2006, was still entitled to be recover sums from the receivership assets as ‘he continues to be an officer of the court [and subject to the supervision of the court] to the extent that he […]

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New clients for Addleshaws and Hogan Lovells on £50m Gym deal

Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells and Travers Smith have advised on Phoenix Equity Partners’ £50m investment in low-cost gym operator The Gym. The business was previously owned by Bridge Ventures, which first invested in the company in 2007 and has retained a 25 per cent shareholding. Phoenix has acquired a 55 per cent equity stake […]

Courting costs control

When the Master of the Rolls (MR) Lord Dyson convened a special Court of Appeal judicial bench to hear appeals relating to the Jackson reforms, it was clear that the reform program would not go ahead unchallenged (29 May 2013). Last week (14 June) the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in Leeds delivered a significant […]

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