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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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Lenovo poaches Howrey partner as new GC

Personal computer manufacturer Lenovo has hired Michael O’Neill as senior vice-president and general counsel from US firm Howrey. O’Neill will be responsible for the company’s legal, corporate governance, security and government relations globally and will be reporting directly to the company’s chief executive and president William Amelio. He replaces outgoing general counsel James Shaughnessy, who […]

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LG: Penny Francis

LG’s partner profits fell last year. So can new offices, a new name and a new international strategy help the firm regain some momentum? When LG (formerly Lawrence Graham) announced in June a flat revenue of £66m and a drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £465,000 to £445,000 for the 2006-07 financial […]

Google plans pan-European legal team

Google is planning to recruit an in-house team across Europe after growing by more than 50 per cent in the last year. The internet company has been bombarded with lawsuits and regulatory issues, but it claims the need for a new European legal capability is due to “rapid growth”. “We’re continuing to invest in Europe, […]

Acting up

Can London defend its position to act solely on an arbitration, or can a party break the agreement and switch to an EU member state if it is more favourable to its cause? Roger Hopkins and Ben Horn report Parties opt for arbitration for a variety of reasons. First and foremost they make a decision […]

Bakers joins £600k PEP club

Baker & McKenzie has broken the £600,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, with UK net profit rising by 18 per cent to £35.1m. The firm’s unaudited figures for the 2006-07 financial year show that PEP in the firm’s UK operation rose by 16 per cent from £518,500 last year to £605,000 this year. […]

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