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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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Linklaters plans global practice head elections

Linklaters is poised for partnership elections to appoint three global practice heads The move, which will streamline the firm’s management, is part of a complete overhaul of the firm’s management structure, scheduled for the beginning of May. A new executive committee, chaired by managing partner Tony Angel (left), will report to a 14-partner firmwide board

Marriott Harrison hires Steptoes litigation partner

West End law firm Marriott Harrison has appointed its fourth new partner in 12 months with the hire of litigation partner Franco Barone from Steptoe & Johnson Other partners to have joined in the last year are property partner Andrew Astachnowicz and corporate partners Simon Vivian and Richard Hinchcliffe. Barone specialises in commercial disputes and […]

The Leader Column

A couple of weeks back (11 February) we reported on the news that Slaughter and May was taking an active role in the Government-sponsored report into women’s employment. Along with Simmons & Simmons, Slaughters is one of the few firms to go public on the issue of the gender gap at partner level.Very laudable, but […]

Clarke Willmott slashes entire volume conveyancing practice

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is making one partner and 34 other staff redundant following the decision to close its loss-making volume conveyancing unit Partner Angela Thompson, one other solicitor, two legal executives and 31 support staff, all based at the firm’s last remaining satellite office at Bridgwater in Somerset, will be made […]

CC, Linklaters in tax row

Clifford Chance is appealing a decision by an Indian tax tribunal that it has underpaid on tax It is part of a wider dispute involving other law firms, including Linklaters, and the Inland Revenue has been in talks with the Indian tax authorities seeking a breakthrough.The Law Society is appealing to the Indian High Commissioner […]

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