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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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Bingham McCutchen London: profit up

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McDermott lays off 149 across US network

McDermott Will & Emery has laid off 60 associates and 89 support staff in the US due to the economic downturn. The US firm’s chairman Harvey Freishtat emailed a firm-wide internal memo today announcing the cuts. Freishtat said: “We are not immune to the continued deterioration in the market conditions. The business of our clients […]

Private client: the two faces of commoditisation

Commoditisation is a reality of 21st Century business – the only way to combat its effects is to accept it, says Michael Alden. In recent years there has been a sweeping tide of change in approaches and attitudes to providing legal services. Commoditisation has hit the legal world with a force which has struck alarm. […]

Akin Gump loses 10 lawyers to Greenberg

Greenberg Traurig has snared a three-partner, seven-associate team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Texas. Greenberg Traurig has hired a three-partner, seven-associate team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Texas. Former head of securities litigation Paul Bessette and partners Micheal Biles and Jesse Weiss have joined the firm’s Austin office. Seven […]

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