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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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Cadwalader lures team to boost litigation dept

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has poached one of the top re insurance teams in the US to boost its international practice. The former chairman of one of the leading insurance firms in New York is moving with three other partners to Cadwalader. The team is joining from Rosenman & Colin, which is a […]

Cleary Gottlieb appoints new managing partner

Corporate lawyer, Karasz – who joined the firm in 1967 – replaces Ned Stiles who held the post for 12 years. Karasz ran the firm’s Paris office for five years and more recently has been concentrating on transnational joint venture schemes in the US, Latin America and Europe. He has worked extensively on cross-border transactions […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs wins in Railtrack review

Railtrack has completed a review of its litigation panel, dropping Cardiff-based Hugh James Ford Simey in favour of Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of two Bristol firms chosen for the panel. For the tri-annual review, completed at the end of March, all firms from the existing panel were invited to tender. Those that will […]

Case of the week

Changing Rooms presenter Elizabeth Wagstaff could soon be swapping her swags and swatches for an empty cell after admitting to conning friends and colleagues from the popular television show out of £54,000 by telling them that she had terminal cancer and needed urgent treatment. In reality, 38-year-old Wagstaff of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was suffering from water […]

Beloff will join Matrix in a year

Leading silk Michael Beloff QC has finally decided to join Matrix Chambers, but only after he has seen through the merger at his current set. As revealed exclusively in The Lawyer (17 January) Beloff, currently a tenant and former head of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, had been invited to join the new human rights set […]

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