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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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SCB banks on old friendships

It is good to see some in-house teams favour strong relationships over massive cost-cutting panel reviews. All six of the international corporate firms on Standard Chartered Bank’s panel have kept their places after its most recent review. Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Lovells are safe for another year. Standard Chartered […]

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Irwin Mitchell takes lead on Legal Services Act

Irwin Mitchell was quick to launch new initiatives with the Automobile Association (AA) and RAC last week, just days after the Legal Services Bill received Royal Assent. The national firm is aligning itself with leading high street brands that are seeking to break into the legal sector when the Legal Services Act takes effect. Head […]

Debevoise swipes Linklaters partner

Debevoise Plimpton has snared Linklaters London corporate partner Guy Lewin-Smith. Lewin-Smith will take up his post as partner in the US firm’s London corporate team in the New Year. Debevoise Europe managing partner James Kiernan said: “Guy has an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will strengthen […]

Powell Gilbert secures House of Lords patent clarification

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has won its first House of Lords decision since it split from Bristows in March, clarifying the rules on patent ownership in the process. Powell Gilbert is acting for Yeda Research and Development in its long-running battle for patent ownership against biotech companies Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Imclone. The patent at stake […]

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