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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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The Woolf reforms have failed to deliver the cuts in litigation and costs that they were designed to achieve, says a new report. Four out of five FTSE 1000 companies surveyed believe that levels of litigation have not been reduced by the reforms, while three in five say that they have not saved money when […]

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The court is a daunting place for the uninitiated. Gerry Lagerberg provides survival tips for the first-time expert witness. Gerry Lagerberg is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers dispute analysis and investigations practice. Lawyers and expert witnesses often have common objectives in a case but there are some major differences in their courtroom priorities. These should be […]

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Michelle Duncan has become Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s first litigation partner in London after helping set up Weil Gotshal & Manges in the UK. Matheu Swallow meets the woman who likes to be in control. Michelle Duncan, the first litigation partner at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London office, is something of an accidental […]

Firms need partners to tackle e-commerce

As the pressure in-creases for us to differentiate our firms, we must start to think outside the box and form alliances with other professional services providers. It is often assumed that lawyers deal with implementing the law and lobbyists deal with the law as it is being developed. According to Corinne Souza in So you […]

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