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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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North West test

Low costs per lawyer have helped North West firms boost their profits. Add to this a string of mergers and a new corporate focus and the South had better watch its back. By Joanne Harris Two years ago, Manchester celebrated a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and law firms celebrated. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to […]

Pemberton Greenish lands Charles Russell’s commercial property chief

Niche real estate firm Pemberton Greenish has bolstered its commercial property practice by scooping the former head of Charles Russell’s commercial property team. Chris Edwards will join the firm as a partner on 1 November, working alongside John McGeough on the development of the Knightsbridge firm’s commercial property group. The senior partner at Pemberton Greenish Damien […]

Maples and Calder

In a story that appeared on www.thelawyer.com (27 September), under the headline ‘Mourant scoops Maples trio for expansion plan’, it was incorrectly stated that three lawyers leaving Maples and Calder were partners. In fact, the three are joining Mourant du Feu & Jeune as partners but were employed as associates at Maples. We are also […]

The trouble with Hammonds…

A decade after opening in London, Hammonds still hasn’t got it right. That’s not just The Lawyer’s, view, but the opinion of a group of influential Yorkshire partners who this summer made their concerns very, very clear to the firm’s management. But is the management listening? It can’t have been comfortable for Richard Burns, Chris Jones and […]

‘Special’ forces

Stockbroker Collins Stewart has set its Schillings ‘Rottweilers’ onto the FT, claiming £230m in lost future earnings. But is it just using scare tactics? By Jon Robins So you want to be a record-breaker? That is a rough précis of the legal argument deployed by Desmond Browne QC, acting for the Financial Times (FT) earlier […]

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