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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 launches Romania outpost

#Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a presence in Romania, signing an exclusive association with local firm Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu (RTPR). The alliance will be up and running from the start of July. A&O has announced the move in the same week that magic circle rival Linklaters signalled a retreat from the Romanian market. […]

Top firms retain FTSE stranglehold amid tough times

In the past three months several of the FTSE100’s biggest names have fallen victim to takeovers, leaving City firms to wave goodbye to some of their most prized clients. But, as the new quarterly Hemscott rankings show, it will take something more dramatic to shift the top legal advisers to the UK’s largest companies. Slaughter […]

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The Suez-Gaz de France (GdF) merger has been complicated by some lawyers playing musical chairs. Agathe Soilleux, a French M&A lawyer formerly at Suez adviser Linklaters, moved to Weil Gotshal & Manges. Fortunately Weil was also instructed on the same side. But the movement of Jacques-Philippe Gunther from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to Willkie Farr & […]

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