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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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Dorsey and Kyo Sogo secure joint venture

Japanese liberalisation sees increased integration with US and UK law firms US firm Dorsey & Whitney has become the latest to secure a Japanese joint venture. The recently finalised agreement with Japanese firm Kyo Sogo Law Offices will provide Dorsey with a Japanese law capacity.Dorsey opened a Japanese office in 1999, but the joint venture […]

Brown Raysman swallows Baer Marks

US national firm Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner has emerged as the victor in the battle for defunct New York firm Baer Marks & Upham, taking 46 of the firm’s attorneys and 80 per cent of its partners Boutique New York firm Baer Marks fell apart last year after several high-profile departures. The 80-lawyer […]

Beachcrofts handed NHS Trust work

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has won a new contract for employment work for one of the largest hospital trusts in Central England The firm has been appointed to provide legal advice on all employment issues for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, with the exception of work forming part of the trust’s PFI project.The appointment, which becomes […]

Cambridge educated

Taylor Joynson Garrett is taking on Garretts’ Cambridge office. Its corporate partner explains why the practice is a golden goose and not a dead duck November seems to be a tricky month for Garretts. In November 2000, the Leeds office of the Andersen Legal firm decided that it wanted to move into the welcoming embrace […]

OFT to grow legal dept by 20 per cent

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been given a mandate to increase its in-house legal department by 20 per cent to cope with its enhanced powers in competition and consumer regulation, and is targeting City firms for recruits The decision to hire around six new lawyers has been prompted by the body’s increased caseload […]

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