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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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A&O Italy’s dual management in doubt

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) volatile Italian operation could be on the verge of another strategic shake-up as local lawyers push for the firm to abandon its dual management structure. The magic circle firm is currently engaged in a partner-wide consultation process to measure the success of a management reorganisation implemented last August. At that point […]

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Elizabeth Thompson reports on retailers’ disenchantment with upwards-only rent reviews Upwards–only rent reviews (UORRs), as highlighted by the Labour Party 2001 Business Manifesto, are “a source of grievance to many in the business community”. If landlords are concerned with working alongside their ‘customers’ over the five-yearly headlock on rent review, a solution needs to be […]

Latham tech expert promoted to Silicon Valley head

Latham & Watkins is ushering in a new era for its Silicon Valley office after appointing a new managing partner in the region. Ora Fisher is taking over the role as office managing partner for Silicon Valley from Peter Kerman who was recently appointed as chair of Latham’s global corporate department. Kerman has headed up […]

Linklaters swings axe in German review

Linklaters has completed a review of its German partnership with a total of 19 partners set to be de-equitised, moved down the lockstep or managed out of the partnership. German publication JuVe reported today (22 July) that 10 partners will be frozen at their current positions on the lockstep, five will become of-counsel and a […]

14 Tooks Court to dispense with expensive Holborn HQ

Michael Mansfield QC’s criminal chambers is set to relocate to new premises in Clerkenwell due to concerns over high property rates around Holborn, for centuries the heartland of all London barristers. The move reflects growing concern at the bar over the increasing cost of rent, particularly in the Inns of Court, which act as landlords […]

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