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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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Crystal demands £10m as Thyssen trial crashes

Baron’s legal team threatens to sue Bermuda government as judge in three year case quits over pay Lawyers acting for Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza in the £1.2bn dispute have threatened the Bermuda government with a demand for Bermuda B$15m (£10.7m) compensation following the collapse of the trial last Wednesday. Geoffrey Bell QC of Bermudian firm […]

Wiping the slate clean

When a dispute is being settled or a relationship ended, the parties often wish to ensure that not just the particular dispute is resolved but that the slate is wiped completely clean. This includes matters that were not the subject of the dispute, or even known about. To do this, language such as “this agreement […]

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Denton Wilde Sapte’s role as adviser to Equitable Life is under review following a push by policyholders to review the role of advisers at the House of Lords. Equitable Life Policyholders Action Group (EPHAG) has accepted an invitation from Equitable to nominate three firms to review the performance of Equitable’s advisers. EPHAG is expected to […]

Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner. The role, which up to now has been split between two people, will be taken on by litigation partner John Hall. Former incumbents Richard Wilson and David Coates are quitting the partnership to take up consultancy roles with the firm. […]

…as it bags new recruiters from TMP QD

Osborne Clarke has bolstered its legal recruitment capability by hiring two recruiters from TMP QD. Antonia Fowell and Helen Read ran QD’s Bristol office before the company was taken over by world-wide recruiters TMP last year. TMP paid more than £40m for market leader QD. Fowell becomes head of recruitment at Osborne Clarke and Read […]

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