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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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Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon has appointed new senior and managing partners. Company and commercial partner Richard Wynn-Jones (seated) will take on the role of senior partner and finance partner, while Guy Stobart (standing) will become managing partner. Both will replace senior and managing partner David Marsh, who completes his term of office in May 2001.

Milbank Tweed beefs up its Asian reach with B&M hire

Baker & McKenzie‘s Asia business unit head has departed for fellow US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Charles Conroy, who is based in New York, joins Milbank Tweed as a partner and will focus on cross-border and domestic M&A with an emphasis on Asia. He will also work with the firm’s Asian acquisitions finance […]

The Leader column

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a medium-sized law firm must be in want of a merger that fills in the gaps. As we all know, that never happens; Berwin Leighton’s current talks with Paisner & Co have tacitly acknowledged the impossibility of it. But Berwin Leighton seems to have found the next best […]

Bristows wins BBC trademark contract

Bristows has scooped the BBC’s trademark work after Stephenson Harwood‘s contract was terminated. Stephenson Harwood originally won the contract in 1999 after a tender process. It is understood that Field Fisher Waterhouse and Nabarro Nathanson also bid for the work. But in August, Stephenson Harwood trademark partners Tibor Gold and Nick Hedley announced they were […]

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Essex Court Chambers’ Roderick Cordara QC has been appointed senior counsel in New South Wales, Australia, making him the only UK barrister specialising in VAT law to have taken silk in both countries. Also a specialist in public and commercial law, Cordara was called to the English bar in 1975. He joined Essex Court in […]

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