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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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Masons offers free advice

Construction specialist Masons is attempting to break into the dotcom culture by launching a website aimed at new media start-ups. The venture, outlaw.com, will be run independently of Masons’ corporate site. It aims to provide legal advice for people who are sceptical of traditional law firms. IT partner John Salmon explains: “People are worried that […]

Herbert Smith breaks up corporate department

Herbert Smith is overhauling its management structure as it begins the search for partners to head two newly-created divisions. The firm was previously split into three divisions – litigation/arbitration, corporate and property. But under the new structure, which is due to be implemented in May and June, the corporate department will split into two units […]

Property

Mishcon de Reya advised Structadene Group on its £17m purchase of London-based Victory House from Merivale Moore. Mishcons property partner Nick Doffman acted on the deal with corporate partner Larry Nathan. SJ Berwin represented Merivale Moore.

A&O boosts IP group with top partner hire

Allen & Overy is expanding its intellectual property team with the arrival of Eversheds head of IP in the North, Robert Barry. The leading contentious patent and trademark lawyer will join A&O’s London office as an IP partner on 22 May, boosting the firm’s IP/IT litigation practice to three partners and nine associates. After qualifying […]

Case of the week

Lords Coulsfield, Sutherland and Maclean finally began their sojourn in that part of The Netherlands that will be forever (or at least for the next year) Scotland. In the traditional garb of the Scottish court the Lords faced two men in the robes of venerated Libyans at the start of the delayed Lockerbie trial. Amid […]

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