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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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Partnership revolt forces Dibbs to drop cash call plan

Attorney General John Morris QC, who is fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of civil counsel, has announced a major shake-up of the appointment system. Under the changes, announced last week, all future appointments of government civil counsel will be advertised and monitored to ensure fair representation of women and ethnic minorities. Other […]

NYC and DC firms to merge

Partners at leading Washington DC firm Swidler & Berlin have agreed to merge with New York’s 65-lawyer Shereff Friedman Hoffman & Goodman. Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman will have 240 lawyers and boast a turnover of about $110m. For both firms the merger was driven by changing client demands. Edward Berlin, chairman of Swidler & Berlin, […]

New legal expenses insurer targets commercial clients

A new legal expenses insurance company has been set-up to target commercial clients involved in high-cost litigation. First Legal Indemnity (FLI), which was launched last week, offers “after-the-event” insurance designed for High Court and other complex litigation, such as insolvency. FLI has immediate authority to cover claims up to £1m but said that there was […]

Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Rewiring the circuit court system

Although the Bar opposes altering the circuits, some in the profession think change is desirable, says Rebecca Towers. Rebecca Towers is a freelance journalist. Circuit leaders are preparing to vigorously oppose any government plans to dismember the six-circuit system. Although the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has assured The Lawyer that the judges’ circuits are not […]

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