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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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Washington DC-based WilmerHale has hired the head of Atlanta-headquartered King & Spalding’s New York office Michael O’Brien. O’Brien’s departure is the latest in a damaging string of lawyer losses for King & Spalding’s New York base, including four in as many weeks in October last year when M&A co-head John Graham left for Clifford Chance, […]

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Lack of indemnity insurance puts up to 40 firms at risk

Between 30 and 40 law firms each year have no professional indemnity insurance cover when they are sued, risk management firm Lockton has revealed. The news comes as the 9,000 law firms in England and Wales are preparing to renew their professional indemnity insurance on 1 October. Steve Holland, Lockton’s risk solution executive director, said […]

Former Freshfields funds star moves to Debevoise

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has scooped the head of investment funds from its one-time magic circle suitor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Anthony McWhirter was one of Freshfields’ key older partners. He retired from Freshfields’ equity partnership last year to become a principal consultant at the firm in order to take advantage of the old pension […]

Public Sector: Competitive advantage

The new competitive dialogue procedure’s ability to untangle complex contracts has made it part of the furniture in the UK’s procurement sector. By Stewart James More than 563 procurements have been initiated under the new competitive dialogue procedure since the implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations in the UK 18 months ago (31 January 2006). […]

Dubai launch imminent for HBJ

Anglo-Scots firm HBJ Gateley Wareing is to open an office in Dubai, the firm’s first base outside the UK. Pending Dubai regulatory approval, the new office will open in September and focus on construction and shipping law. The firm intends to build a two-partner, two-associate team within 12 months. Two associates from the UK construction […]

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