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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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Why the Legal Services Bill is a must for the profession

With the onset of summer and the inevitable distractions this brings, it would be easy to lose sight of the draft Legal Services Bill. We must ensure that this does not happen. Ever since the publication of the Office of Fair Trading report on competition in the professions in March 2001 there has been a […]

Watsons gears up for launch of City office

Newcastle-based Watson Burton is set to launch a new office in London within the next six months. The City office will focus on property, construction and insurance work and will be the first presence in the capital for a North East firm. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle said: “We’ve gone there primarily to win more quality […]

Showing off figures

We’re not fooled, you know. We do realise that profit figures have become a brand extension exercise. It’s the time of year when firms all over the UK cunningly reveal that, a) their profits have shot up, b) they’ve managed their costs, and c) they’re now looking at work-life balance or diversity or something. Because […]

CC wins historic independence vote mandate for Montenegro

Clifford Chance won a historic mandate to help the Balkan state of Montenegro secure its independence from Serbia. The firm’s head of public policy Michael Smyth and international law head Jeremy Carver were instructed alongside a local firm to provide advice on the recent referendum. The vote, held on 21 May, saw a massive 86.3 […]

Proskauer mulls Dublin but seriously considers London

US firm Proskauer Rose’s hunt for a European base appeared to move a step closer with visits last month to the UK and Ireland by two of the firm’s senior partners. The sighting in particular of managing partner Allen Fagin in Dublin sparked talk among local lawyers that the firm was considering launching an office […]

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