The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn budget has outlined the UK’s intentions to address waste by encouraging the recycling of plastic, shortly after the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Single-Use Plastic Directive….
With the coming to prominence of environmental concerns around plastic – particularly single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic – the food and drink sector is already being challenged to review its use of plastic. Further challenge is brought by a wave of regulation. Shortly after the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Single Use Plastic Directive, […]
In the case of North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd, the Court of Appeal upheld a decision that a bespoke extension of time clause could be used to prevent entitlement to an extension of time in the event of concurrent delay…
By Gwendoline Davies When a business faces a dispute, one of the key factors which can influence the decision whether to pursue or defend a claim is cost. Potential litigants have to weigh up not only the commercial costs of becoming involved in litigation, but also their own legal costs and, potentially, any exposure to […]
By Karl Anders Residential landlords will be aware that Residents’ Associations can be involved in and represent tenants on a wide range of property management issues if they are formally ‘recognised’ under section 29 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. In particular, recognised Residents Associations: must be consulted by landlords in relation to major works […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
By Wendy Terporten, Nico van Dijk, Edith Franssen It is uncertain yet whether the European Union and the United Kingdom will reach a Brexit agreement in time. Employers can anticipate the no-deal scenario (a hard Brexit) and ensure that business-critical nationals from the UK (UK employees) can remain or start working in the Netherlands after […]
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Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]
In its biggest pre-listing lateral hire to date, DWF has brought in Clyde & Co partner and global co-head of reinsurance David Abbott. Abbott joined Clydes as part of the 2012 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert having started work there in 1998. It is thought that he will not have to serve his full […]
Reed Smith is beefing up its Middle East practice with two new hires, only one month after its regional managing partner exited to open HFW’s fifth Middle Eastern office. Commercial disputes partner Mahmoud Awad will join the firm’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices from Hadef & Partners, while Waseem Khokhar will take on a role […]
King & Wood Mallesons’ London office generated nearly £12m in the first year since its relaunch, The Lawyer has learnt. The office opened at the start of 2017, with its financials corresponding to its first 12 months of operating. KWM’s UK revenue of £11.8m would put it at the 183rd position in this year’s The […]
Baker Botts has promoted its first partner in the London office in five years, making up Dorine Farah in the firm’s litigation practice. Farah has been at the firm since 2007, acting as special counsel in the international arbitration group. She trained at Slaughter and May. Her practice involves a mixture of commercial and investment-treaty arbitration. […]
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will go head-to-head after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the US firm’s jurisdiction argument and dismissed the magic circle firm’s final appeal. Lord Justices Patten, Hamblen and Roth have given Quinn the right to challenge the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) refusal to grant […]