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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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The phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate tax rate and the move to reduce the standard rate of corporation tax for trading income to 12.5 per cent has been well highlighted internationally. Agreement with the European Commission (EC) was reached in July 1998 on the phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Software developer Intrinsic disposes of its entire business to fellow developer SAS Institute for an undisclosed sum. Intrinsic advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Neil Vickers). SAS Institute advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Ken Baird, Colin Law). World Travel Holdings acquires deckchair.com in a deal worth nearly £10m. Deckchair.com advised by Altheimer & Gray (Brian Rutherford, […]

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Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the US firm, has created a new role of regional coordinating partner for Europe to further its global strategy. Senior corporate transactional partner Peter Wallace has relocated from Los Angeles to take up the position in London. He will focus on coordinating interaction between the London, Brussels and Frankfurt offices and […]

Brief encounter: Reed Smith

Reed Smith Warner Cranston’s Coventry office sees itself as a Midlands firm with international clients, rather than just a regional offshoot of a London firm. Initially set up around the former in-house team of textiles company Courtaulds , Warner Cranston, now Reed Smith Warner Cranston, opened its Coventry office just over a decade ago and […]

deckchair.com

Could this be the future of dotcom work? Deckchair.com is the online travel agency launched in 1999 by rock star Bob Geldof. Like many of its ilk, it has felt the pinch of changing market attitudes towards technology companies. Last month it laid off 13 of its 51 staff. World Travel Holdings, which also runs […]

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