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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 and Camerons also involved in privatisation of Bulgarian telecoms industry Denton Wilde Sapte has been chosen to advise the Bulgarian government on the privatisation of the country’s telecoms industry alongside Deutsche Bank. Linklaters is advising the banks involved in the privatisation. CMS Cameron McKenna has been appointed to the industry consortium led by US […]

Midnight's children

Travelling home through the City last Tuesday night, following a splendid evening at Mrs Tulk-inghorn’s favourite restaurant Cecconis, Tulkinghorn was horrified at the sight of Simmons & Simmons’ building. As impressive as the building was – shining like a beacon to all those lost in their desperate search for a lawyer – this was mainly […]

Doughty Street silk elected vice-chairman of Bar Council

Stephen Irwin QC to join new chair Matthias Kelly QC Stephen Irwin QC has been elected vice-chairman of the Bar Council for 2003. He will join former vice-chairman Matthias Kelly QC, who was elected unopposed as 2003 Chairman earlier this month, and Clifford Allison, who has been re-elected as Treasurer.Irwin was called to the Bar […]

Monti throws Drauz to the lions to save reputation

Competition Commission faces scathing criticism as two more decisions overturned by the CFI “This is the kind of week you get once every 10 years,” said Linklaters partner Alec Burnside. Following two crucial rulings by the Court of First Instance (CFI), last week ended dramatically, when Competition Commissioner Mario Monti gave an unplanned press conference […]

Pinsents represents John Laing on £297m sale to George Wimpey

An 80-strong legal team from Pinsent Curtis Biddle has advised John Laing on the disposal of Laing Homes to George Wimpey, for a total cash consideration expected to be in the region of £297m The agreement is conditional upon the approval of John Laing’s shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on 31 October. The sale […]

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