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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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CMS Hasche Sigle courts Norton Rose Cologne

Norton Rose’s Cologne office appears to be on the verge of joining CMS Hasche Sigle. It is understood that CMS Hasche Sigle is conducting due diligence on the office, the former Cologne branch of Gaedertz which joined Norton Rose in 2000. According to German legal magazine Juve, at this stage it is not clear if […]

A happy firm is a flexible firm

Louise Hadland argues that having flexible working is the enlightened way of running a firm Everybody’s talking about it – working flexibly, that is. However, not all law firms are as far down the line as they should be when it comes to offering a first-class working environment. Flexible working is a subject that has […]

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The EU Prospectus Directive requires issuers to settle on a home member state. Cormac Kissane and John Matson present the case for Ireland Under the EU Prospectus Directive, issuers need to positively elect a home member state, and there are good reasons for them to select Ireland. The directive was published on 31 December 2003, […]

Tribunal funeral

The perception that all lawyers are paid as liberally as those who work in Tribunals of Inquiry has been a PR disaster for the legal profession in Ireland. Ken Murphy reports The greatest disaster ever to befall the legal profession in Ireland has been the Tribunals of Inquiry. A handful of lawyers have made a […]

B&M’s Paris turnover elevates it into top ten

A 36 per cent surge in Paris turnover has thrust Baker & McKenzie (B&M) into France’s top 10 law firms for the first time. According to research by Juristes Associés, B&M’s French income rose from €39.7m (£27.2m) in 2002 to €54m (£36.9m) in 2003, bucking the trend in a generally unprofitable year and moving it […]

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