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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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Royal Mail in management overhaul with new GC

Royal Mail has transformed its in-house legal team, scooping former Exel legal chief Doug Evans to replace longstanding general counsel Catherine Churchard. Churchard has handed in her resignation and will formally leave the post later this year. Evans has already started at Royal Mail and will work alongside Churchard for the time being. The move […]

White & Case boosts corporate with Ashurst hire

White & Case has raided Ashurst to hire M&A and corporate finance specialist Philip Broke as its new co-head of the UK corporate practice. Broke joins the New York-based firm as a partner and co-head of corporate alongside London senior partner Peter Finlay, focusing on M&A and corporate finance transactional work involving investment banks. The […]

White & Case wins Arcelor financing role

White & Case has won the instruction to advise the lead arrangers providing the financing of Mittal Steel’s EUR26.9bn acquisition of rival Arcelor. The deals will be financed through a EUR10.8bn syndicated loan, one of the biggest European deals of recent years. The loan consists of a EUR5bn and a EUR2.8bn acquisition line. The remainder […]

Skadden, Cleary wrap up Mittal purchase

After what has been one of the most tempestuous courtships of recent times, Mittal Steel has finally succumbed to Arcelor. The deal has been an epic battle for the companies and, of course, their law firms. Mittal, advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, first approached Arcelor at the end of January. Arcelor, advised by […]

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