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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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Watson Farley-Hunton merger plans flounder

Talks between Watson Farley & Williams and US firm Hunton & Williams have fallen through for the second time. The two firms, which have been in the advanced stages of talks since October, are understood to have abandoned marriage plans that could have created a 300-partner firm. They considered a joint venture linkup in 1999, […]

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George Alfred Carman QC, who died aged 71 on 2 January, was always determined, but never dour. His true Northern grit showed through when, shortly after retiring on August 29 last year on doctor’s orders, he revealed on Breakfast with Frost that not only had he been suffering from cancer of the prostate gland for […]

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The partners of Moorstone Arundel Partners dispose of the US limited partnership, which owns Arundel Great Court, for £138.5m. The partners were advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Charles Romney, Richard Croker) and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York (Glenn Kesselhaut). The identity of the purchaser remains confidential.

Lovells wins Commerzbank after panel firms conflicted

Lovells is acting for Commerzbank for the first time after the bank’s main corporate advisers were conflicted out on German-based Vaillant’s £692m bid for engineering group Hepworth. Commerzbank, which is acting as arranger and underwriter on the debt package financing Vaillant’s offer for UK company Hepworth, usually turns to Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters & […]

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