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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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Sidley & Austin has recruited a team of lawyers with Asian expertise to bolster its Los Angeles practice. Joon Yong Kim, Allen Kim and David Miyamoto are joining as partners from US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, which merged with Graham & James earlier in the year. Yong Kim has experience in corporate, M&A and […]

Simmons partner quits for Gallaher

City law firm Simmons & Simmons is losing a litigation partner to tobacco manufacturer Gallaher Group. Tom Keevil, who has acted for Gallaher for several years in cases brought against the company, will join as senior legal adviser at the end of the year. He says that after 16 years at Simmons he welcomes the […]

Ernst & Young opens Washington office

The new firm – McKee Nelson Ernst & Young – is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and will be housed in the accountants’ Washington DC offices. The American Bar Association (ABA) prohibits law firms from sharing fees, and the new firm will not be owned by Ernst & Young. But the arrangement […]

Olswang fills Berwin Leighton’s shoes for Lloyds venture work

Olswang has completed its first-ever deal for private equity house Lloyds TSB Development Capital. The retail bank’s private equity arm is one of several corporate finance houses that have defected from Berwin Leighton, along with partners Chris Mackie and Fabrizio Carpanini. Both joined Olswang as partners in February this year (The Lawyer, 22 November 1999). […]

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