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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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It’s all been kicking off in Warsaw of late. First of all Baker & McKenzie‘s former local managing partner Tomasz Ujejski was leaving to join Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Then he wasn’t. Then he really was (see story). Oh, and he took a load of colleagues with him. At the same time Squire Sanders’ former […]

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Newly combined Egg and Citibank’s UK consumer arm has appointed Tom Crane as its new head of legal. Crane joined Citi as Europe, the Middle East and Africa general counsel for credit cards from WilmerHale in May 2006. Crane has experience working on a range of corporate and regulatory matters at Citi, including on the […]

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop Terra Firma infrastructure deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters advised on the latest infrastructure deal that saw private equity house Terra Firma sell a 50 per cent stake in a German motorway service station operator to Deutsche Bank’s infrastructure arm. Corporate partner David Higgins at Freshfields advised RREEF, the US infrastructure division of Deutsche Bank, on the sale of […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May must be sick of the sight of each other. The firms are squaring up on a bid for ICI, with Slaughters advising Dutch giant Akzo Nobel on its £7.2bn approach and Freshfields getting the nod from ICI. The firm advised the chemicals company on the £1.2bn disposal of […]

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