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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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Clifford Chance set to launch gay network

Clifford Chanceset to launch gay network” />Clifford Chance is setting up a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network just months after settling a sexual orientation discrimination claim from former competition partner Michael Bryceland. Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall called the firm’s LGBT policy into question and requested a meeting with the magic circle firm […]

Shearman targets M&A and corporate in Abu Dhabi

Shearman & Sterling has vowed to ramp up its corporate and M&A capabilities in Abu Dhabi as part of the office’s five-year plan. The firm, which has had a presence in the jurisdiction for 30 years, will increase the number of partners from three to six, and triple the number of associates to 30. The […]

Addleshaws leads NHS group PFI scheme

Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Derbyshire Mental Health Trust on a trio of hospital and ancillary services deals worth a total £76.5m. Dubbed the Three Shires Batched PFI Scheme, the project has so far been given the go-ahead for the development of the Lincolnshire Community Hospital […]

City’s finest support state school scheme

Allen & Overy (A&O), DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Lovells have thrown their weight behind a scheme to encourage students who attend state schools to enter the law. The five top firms have pledged £350,000 to support the College of Law and Sutton Trust’s diversity scheme ‘Pathways to Law’ and will each offer […]

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