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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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Mishcon de Reya acted for Asda Property Holdings on its £16.4m sale of the freehold of a Cheltenham office to a private investor. The 57,000 sq ft freehold is currently rented by Eagle Star which has a lease agreement until 2023. Nick Doffman, property partner at Mishcons, led a team of two on the deal.

A View from South Africa

The South African legal market is unique in many ways. To start with, in Johannesburg we have so far seen the arrival of only one international law firm, and though others are looking around they have so far made very little impact. Also, last year we saw a world first when an investment bank bought […]

Sullivan & Cromwell boosts London practice with NY trio

Top US firm Sullivan & Cromwell is boosting its commitment to its London office by moving three partners from New York – including one of the most highly-rated M&A lawyers in the world. Global leader Neil Anderson has been named as head of the firm’s European M&A practice. He is moving to London with fellow […]

PwC Veltins partner goes solo

PWC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has lost a key construction partner who has left to set up a rival firm. Ralf Leinemann, who is recognised in the market as a leading construction lawyer, has left Veltins with a group of assistants to set up Leinemann & Partners in the country’s leading […]

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Martineaus overhauls property department

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has restructured its property department following the departures of two partners. Martineaus is losing Barry Sankey, the former head of its property development group, to Browne Jacobson. Joanna Lawson-King left the firm for Pinsent Curtis in October 1999. David Gwyther, managing partner at Martineaus, says: “In March last year Barry had […]

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