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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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New and ongoing investments mean Abingworth’s sole in-house counsel makes good use of external advisers. By Husnara Begum Since Claire Wilkinson joined Abingworth Management in 2002 as the life sciences venture capital group’s first ever general counsel, the organisation has made eight new and 18 follow-on investments. Last year, Abingworth launched a brand new $350m […]

SJ Berwin beats White & Case to advise on Segulah III fundraising

SJ Berwin has displaced White & Case Advokat in the instruction of Swedish private equity fund manager Segulah on the fundraising for its third Nordic fund. Head of corporate Jonathan Blake led SJ Berwin’s team on the first and final closing of the Segulah III LP fund, which closed at its maximum capacity of €250m (£174.5m) at the end of […]

B&M suffer raft of departures in Germany

Baker & McKenzie’s German practice has lost six Frankfurt partners, including its head of finance Rainer Magold, to US rivals. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, Magold, a rated acquisition finance lawyer, and Christina Ungeheuer, a rising star in banking, have quit for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy, for whom they will open a Frankfurt office. […]

Blackstone bags ECJ judge for ADR drive

Former European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge Sir David Edward QC has joined Blackstone Chambers as a full-time tenant. He will focus solely on arbitration, bolstering the set’s growing alternative dispute resolution expertise. In 2002, Blackstone tenant and former head Presiley Baxendale QC became a full-time mediator. Edward served as an ECJ judge from 1992-2004, […]

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