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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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M&S fight begins as Slaughters hits Freshfields with injunction

Slaughter and May has come out fighting on behalf of client Marks & Spencer (M&S) by seeking an injunction barring Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from acting for Philip Green. According to reports Slaughter and May yesterday sought a High Court injunction to block Freshfields advising its new client Green, arguing that the firm was conflicted since […]

Real estate deals round-up

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WongPartnership targets arbitration with key hire

Singapore’s WongPartnership is kick-starting its Chinese dispute resolution practice with the appointment of the former executive director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Ang Yong Tong will join the firm’s fledgling Shanghai office as a partner today (1 June) and will be responsible for setting up Wong Partnership’s Chinese dispute resolution practice. WongPartnership launched a […]

Lovells splits group for asbestos onslaught

Lovells has split its contentious insurance, professional indemnity and environment group in preparation for an anticipated rise in asbestos claims. The reorganisation sees the non-contentious environmental litigation group, headed by partner Louise Moore, join the corporate department, while the two-partner pensions litigation team will be absorbed into banking and finance. Insurance partners John Trotter and […]

Retail therapy

The Philip Green bid for M&S is just the latest twist in the ongoing saga that is the retail sector. Joanne O’Connor talks to four of the industry’s key in-house lawyers It is a rare day in the financial press when retailers are not dominating the headlines. Financial performance, a spate of acquisitions, competition inquiries […]

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