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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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Edge Ellison’s Birmingham office is losing a highly-rated planning partner to Pinsent Curtis. Planning and environmental law specialist Martin Damms is joining Pinsents as an associate. Edge Ellison’s head of planning Mark Newcombe says that Damms left on “amicable terms”. But it is unclear why he is taking a step down from partner to associate […]

Cahills shuts in Paris as it opens in City

Cahill Gordon & Reindel is transferring its Paris lawyers to local firm Lussan Brouillaud as the US giant finally opens its London office. Head of the Paris office Freddy Dressen, two lawyers and five support staff are moving to Lussan Brouillaud while US finance specialist Jim Robinson is relocating to the UK to be the […]

Public Sector

A boom in the number of private finance initiatives has put plenty of multimillion pound contracts up for grabs. The City firms are winning most of the work, with in-house lawyers saying that they need to be represented by firms which can match those the banks are instructing opposite them. Despite this, the sector is […]

KPMG takes leading E&Y tax lawyer

KPMG is taking one of the top partners from Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm. McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which set up in November last year as the first tie-up between a big five accountant and a US law firm, is losing leading tax lawyer Tom Wessel. Wessel joined the firm […]

Moving into the mainstream

Public international law can no longer be ignored, with a number of international conventions making their way into domestic courts. Philippe Sands and Maurice Sheridan report on the most influential cases of the past year The rules of public international law have been transformed over the past two decades. Treaties and other international legal obligations […]

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