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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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Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for a four-partner insurance team in order to launch a Sydney office. The firm is hiring partners Mark Doepel, Adrian Howie, Tony O’Reilly and Patrick George along with a team of around 20 lawyers to set up the new office, which will be in operation by July. Senior […]

IP specialist quits Olswang for Pinsents

Pinsent Masons has hired commercial IP partner Kim Walker from Olswang. Pinsent Masons has hired commercial IP partner Kim Walker from Olswang. Walker has been a partner at Olswang since 2000 and was previously a partner at Biddle & Co for 11 years. Pinsents also made up IP litigator Deborah Bould and recently recruited two […]

University of Sydney beats London School of Economics in WTO mooting face-off

The University of Sydney won this year’s annual World Trade Organisation (WTO) moot court competition, narrowly beating the London School of Economics (LSE) in the final round. The competition, which is organised by the European Law Students’ Association, saw the Australian team beat 63 other universities to the title. The final round was held in […]

Herbies hires diversity chief

Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant in response to increasing calls from potential clients for the silver circle firm to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues. Carolyn Lee joined Herbert Smith last month as inclusion manager and will be responsible for conducting diversity training at the firm and introducing programmes […]

Bates Wells tops charity client table for fifth consecutive year

London’s Bates Wells & Braithwaite is the UK’s top firm for charity work, according to an annual league table. The RCM Top 3000 Charities list shows that the firm acts for 220 of the UK’s top 3,000 charities – well clear of second-placed Withers, which acts for 153. Senior Partner Stephen Lloyd, head of the charity and […]

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