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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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Gianni expands domestic empire with Bologna office

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is expanding its domestic coverage with a new office in Bologna, as it continues to negotiate its future relationship with Linklaters.Discussions over future cooperation between Linklaters and its Italian ally are ongoing in the run-up to the final winding down of the Linklaters & Alliance structure this summer.With no further […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna (Ian Parker) has led a joint CMS team, including lawyers from CMS Carnogursky Strommer Reich-Rohrwig, advising the Slovakian government on the restructuring of the energy sector. Under the terms of the deal, German energy group E.ON acquires a 49 per cent interest in Západoslovenská energetika (ZSE) for e330m (£213.7m). DWF Solicitors advised […]

Nigel Copeland struck off over ’tissue of lies’

Former name partner of Burton Copeland found guilty by OSS of misleading client Nigel Copeland, a founding partner of leading niche fraud firm Burton Copeland, has been struck off after misleading a client.Copeland, described by his former firm’s partners as the “Mr Licensing of Manchester” because of his decades of experience in this field, has […]

Money laundering: new case raises fresh worries over reporting clients

A landmark trial starts today (1 July) of a partner accused of money laundering that is likely to have significant implications on the requirements of lawyers reporting on suspicious clients.The current law states that lawyers have to report clients they believe are involved in suspicious activities. However, in this case the partner is charged with […]

Piper Rudnick faces $9m damages claim

US firm Piper Rudnick is being sued for at least $9m (£5.9m) in damages by the bondholders in bankrupt organisation Greater Southeast Community Healthcare System. Holders of $16.3m (£10.7m) in bonds have alleged that Piper Rudnick was negligent in its handling of a bond deal conducted in 1993.The claim against Piper Rudnick centres on the […]

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