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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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The new Australian rules

Abigail Townsend reports on how the Australian legal market is being shaken by panel reviews and globalisation. As in any legal market in the world, the driving force behind the changing fortunes of Australia’s law firms are the clients. But unlike many other economic centres, the largest Australian companies are also demanding more and more […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Shoosmiths advised UK software company PWA Group on its $38m (£24m) acquisition by US-based Great Plains. Shoosmiths corporate partner Dean Drew advised on the cash and share transaction. Dorsey & Whitney represented Great Plains.

Letters

Solicitors will have recently received a letter from the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) giving a summary of their professional indemnity (PI) claims record. They were given a meagre 14 days to verify the information, and it’s possible that many will have simply taken the records on trust. Sadly, for many firms this could prove a […]

Legal Widow

The most extraordinary thing happened at the shops the other day. Liability had gone AWOL as usual and I was hobbling after her along the parade, weighed down with a bag from the butchers, a bag from the greengrocers, a nice bag of ginger parkin from the bakers, and a bunch of flowers tucked under […]

Manhattan firms merge

The 65-lawyer firm Windels Marx Davies & Ives has teamed up with the 35-lawyer firm Lane & Mittendorf to form Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf. The merger, which was finalised on 1 January, brings together firms with similar practices. Both focus on corporate, litigation and real estate law and handle a lot of international law. […]

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