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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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US firm boosts ranks with DJ Freeman partner

The London office of US firm Sonnenschein has taken a partner from DJ Freeman to help develop its growing corporate practice. With the appointment of Antoinette Jucker, Sonnenschein now has five partners in London and more than 450 lawyers worldwide. Jucker spent 11 years with DJ Freeman where she dealt mainly with property, construction and […]

Drunken behaviour sinks rape-case solicitor

Angus Diggle, the lawyer who was convicted of the attempted rape of a colleague after a Highland ball, has been struck off the Solicitor’s Roll. Diggle was given a three-year prison sentence in January 1995. It was later reduced to two years, of which he served two months. He was also suspended from the profession […]

In brief: Dibbs poached recruits rises to 12

Dibb Lupton Alsop is to take two more lawyers from Birmingham rival Edge & Ellison, bringing the number who have moved across to Dibbs in the past year to a dozen. They are banking associate Brian Woodcock, who joins Dibbs as partner and regional head of banking replacing Tim Travers who left for Wragge & […]

City firms get lion's share of 'mega deals'

FIGURES showing a trend for larger and fewer buy outs could mean that only a handful of law firms are likely to be able to stay in the top end of the increasingly polarised market. Only a few larger City firms such as Ashurst Morris Crisp, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Lovell White Durrant […]

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