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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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Denton Wilde Sapte has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The two firms began working together on 1 July, pooling their knowledge in restructuring and private equity work. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and Dentons partner Constantin Achillas. The new […]

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Last Wednesday (5 July), Grant Thornton partner Sacha Romanovitch warned UK lawyers that they needed to “wake up” to the potentially seismic changes heralded by the Legal Services Bill. Romanovitch was speaking at a breakfast briefing at the Savoy Hotel. It was a suitably opulent setting, because up to now much of the debate has […]

A&O, Shearman Steer Qatar water project

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling advised on Qatar Electricity & Water Company’s $485.5m (£263.1m) limited recourse project financing for the construction of the Ras Abu Fontas B2 water and power project in Qatar. The project comprises the construction and development of a new power generation and water desalination facility. Tokyo- Mitsubishi, Calyon […]

Competition Commission eyes BLP-Tesco land grab deal

The Competition Commission is planning to expand its wide-ranging investigation of the grocery market to examine contracts that Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) drafted for its largest client Tesco. The Competition Commission is planning to expand its wide-ranging investigation of the grocery market to examine contracts that Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) drafted for its largest client Tesco. […]

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