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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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Dechert posts positive financial results for 2011

Dechert has posted a 3.5 per cent increase in revenue for the 2011 financial year, with total turnover growing to $671m. The US firm, which has recently been on a hiring spree in London and across Europe, also saw revenue per lawyer grow by 4.7 per cent to $900,000 and average profit per equity partner […]

A funny old game

The country is reeling after the man with the second most important job in the land quit out of the blue, leaving everyone in agreement about his obvious successor. That’s right, banking software provider Misys has promoted its top in-house lawyer to acting CEO after the incumbent decided to move on. The appointment of general […]

Willkie Farr continues upward revenue trend

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has posted a 3 per cent rise in total revenue for the 2011 financial year with a similar increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP). Total revenue at Willkie was $548m last year while PEP reached $2.145m. Revenue per lawyer rose 9.4 percent to $935,000. “In this economic climate we […]

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(1) Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd; (2) Specsavers BV; (3) Specsavers Optical Group Ltd; (4) Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd(2012) EWCA Civ 24. Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Sir John Thomas (President); Kitchin LJ; Black LJ. 31 January 2012 The Court of Appeal (CoA) referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) questions […]

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