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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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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co team guides NEC sell-off

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised Birmingham City Council (BCC) on the sale of the NEC Group to private equity company LDC. The transaction values the NEC Group at around £307m. BCC is retaining the freehold of all of the NEC sites. The sale encompasses all NEC Group businesses, with a 125-year leasehold interest […]

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German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition One would hardly expect the leading firms in a sophisticated legal market such as Germany to do much without thinking about it very carefully indeed. This was the case when many of the top firms gave in to the pressure to merge with […]

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Morgan Stanley legal costs drop 80 per cent in fourth quarter report

Morgan Stanley has revealed an 80 per cent drop in legal costs in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $284m (£188m), down from $1.4bn in the same period last year. The figures were revealed in the investment bank’s fourth quarter results revealed today (21 January). It comes a week after JP Morgan revealed that its […]

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Shepherd & Wedderburn makes double arbitration hire from Crowell & Moring

Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its commercial litigation practice with the addition of two Crowell & Moring lawyers to its London office. Arbitration senior counsel Jane Wessel and counsel Claire Stockford both join Shepherd & Wedderburn as partners, bringing experience of antitrust litigation on both the defendant and claimant side. Wessel has spent over a […]

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