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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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Linklaters‘ managing partner Tony Angel was quoted in the press last week as saying that the magic circle firm’s profits would be “above 10 per cent [up] on last year”. This earlier than usual indication for 2004-05 profits has had the whole of the City talking – 10 per cent is a bullish figure in […]

Pillsbury and Shaw Pittman seal merger

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman have sealed their tie-in just months after they entered merger talks and in time for the self-imposed 4 April deadline. The merged firm will gatecrash the US top 20, with revenues of around $600m (£378.3m) and with 900 lawyers across 16 offices. The formal tie-in follows a period of preparation […]

Macfarlanes hikes partnership with a record six promotions

Macfarlanes is to promote an unprecedented six lawyers to the partnership this year, the largest single group in its history. The highly profitable London firm – it was second only to Slaughter and May in last year’s The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report – has just 63 partners, so when the appointments take effect on […]

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OFT lure proves too strong for would-be Wilmer lawyer It seems that Philip Collins’ route to the chairmanship of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was not as direct as it initially appeared. It seems that Collins arranged to leave Lovells’ Brussels office back in January for US regulatory firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and […]

Separated at birth

The BBC’s Question Time last Thursday (31 March) was graced by the presence of Tom Wheadon, Simmons & Simmons partner and expert on GSM Gateways. Wheadon was an outstanding guest, defending his ‘leader’ Michael Howard’s dismissal of Tory MPs for having an opinion (Howard Flight, what were you thinking?) and somehow holding himself back from […]

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