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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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Biddle appoints former lawyer as business chief

City firm Biddle has appointed a former Gouldens partner as its first-ever business development director. Diana Spoudeas worked in corporate finance until earlier this year. Biddle has now snapped her up. The 32-partner firm was keen to appoint a lawyer, rather than a marketing expert, to the role. Managing partner Martin Lane says of her […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs rocked by Buchanans raid

US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has launched in London after luring key players from Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ highly-rated projects team. Head of projects Barry Francis is understood to be leaving to join the Pittsburgh-based firm along with six other partners and 10 assistants. Francis’ private finance initiative (PFI) practice is particularly strong in healthcare and is one […]

Mason Hayes sets EU precedent for Orange

Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran has won a landmark victory on behalf of Orange that may lead to a raft of corporate cases against government regulators in the EU. UK telecoms giant Orange is thought to be the first company in the EU to take on a regulator for refusing it a licence of […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/10/99

William Barker v Cape Plc (1999) Mayor’s & City of London County Court (HH Judge Gibson) 24 September 1999 Claimant: Male, 20-29 years old at date of asbestos exposure; 65 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was employed by the defendant company as a lagger. He was exposed to asbestos between 1954 […]

Financings

CMS Cameron McKenna acted for South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP) on the refinancing of its senior and mezzanine debt. The refinancing was carried out through a £55m bond issue

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