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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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All aboard the libel train

Defamation cases seem to be on the increase in Northern Ireland, with a number of high-profile cases in the news recently. The latest came in a court action concluded only days before the General Election, where Robert McCartney QC, member of parliament for North Down, received an £80,000 settlement following an action against The Irish […]

Irish govt lawyers work to rule over chronic shortages

Freshfields has recruited a second leading US securities partner to join the firm’s US securities practice. Don Guiney, from US firm Hale & Dorr, joined Freshfields last week to further strengthen the firm’s capability in its burgeoning US securities practice, which now has 10 US lawyers in London. Last July, when the group was established, […]

IT man for FFW

Solicitors Field Fisher Waterhouse have hired 10 King’s Bench Walk barrister Nick Lockett. Lockett, who appeared in the first domain name case to reach the High Court, will join the firm’s IT/Internet practice. Called to the Bar in 1993, Lockett has advised the BBC, and the Financial Times on the legal implications of the Internet.

Ivory Coast repays

The Republic of Cote D’Ivoire has signed a debt restructuring deal worth US$6.8bn, with its foreign creditors who were represented by a team of lawyers from White & Case’s Paris office. Paris-based partners John Riggs and Paul Biensan acted on the deal, assisted by two associates, Mark Richards and Anne Ledcrer. The team advised the […]

Paralegals half-trained, finds study

Paralegals are often ill-equipped to work in a modern legal practice, with many having received insufficient training from their firm, according to a Law Society study. Research by the society’s Research and Policy Planning Unit found 37 per cent of an estimates 25,000 non-solicitor fee earners in England and Wales believe they are under-trained. The […]

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