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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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Freshfields boosts Amsterdam office

Winfred Knibbeler, currently a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and EU competition law – with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He will be the first partner in Freshfields’ Dutch office to specialise in the practice area, and will develop it to support […]

Game set and mismatch

As an increasing number of sets decide that if they do not unite, divided they will disappear into mediocrity or worse, the bar is fast resembling a Moonies mass marriage ceremony. But with the cult of personality so strong at the bar, what drives different types of sets to merge? Are the most successful unions […]

Nabarros beats CC and Berwin Leighton for Norwich Union contract

Nabarro Nathanson has beaten Clifford Chance and Berwin Leighton in a bid to advise Norwich Union on the management of a £70m Essex County Council property portfolio. It is the first time that the firm has been retained by the company. It is believed to be the first time Norwich Union has handled property investments […]

A View from Germany

Ambition and aggression are not qualities normally associated with German lawyers, at least not until recently. The regions were full of lawyers happy to go home at 5.15pm (probably a couple of hours after their secretaries). And while this was a sign of just how protected the German market was, the manner in which this […]

Stuck in the middle

Most trainees live in an almost permanent state of terror, but at this time of year life can be particularly harrowing. Many have just started their final seat and have less than six months until qualification. After years of training and study, trainees across the land will soon find out whether they have a job […]

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