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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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Clyde & Co-Kendall talks folded over lease

Problems with lease obligations were at the centre of failed talks between Clyde & Co and soon-to-be-launched niche firm Kendall Freeman. A source close to Clyde & Co said that the negotiations fell down due to lease obligations on the buildings occupied by DJ Freeman. Of those properties, 43 Fetter Lane is understood to have […]

Cuatrecasas in Portuguese tie-up

Cuatrecasas has completed the first ever Spanish-Portuguese merger through a tie-up with its longtime best friend Gonçalves Pereira Castelo Branco & Associados. Cuatrecasas, Herbert Smith’s main referral partner in Spain, has long had a formal alliance with Gonçalves, along with Brazilian firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Argentinian firm Pagbam. The Portuguese market […]

Cravath quits Hong Kong

Cravath Swaine & Moore is pulling out of Hong Kong, leaving the white shoe firm with offices in just New York and London. The firm will relocate two partners and five associates to New York after completing a series of redundancies in the region. Cravath’s decision to close in the Far East mirrors that of […]

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As war gets underway, Brendan Malkin reports on the measures Western law firms are taking to protect staff in the Middle East. Baker & McKenzie, BahrainNumber of fee-earners: 3Baker & McKenzie has alternative evacuation plans in place for its Bahrain staff, in case scheduled flights are suspended. A Baker & McKenzie spokesperson said that the […]

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