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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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UK law firms snubbed by German financial giants

Financial giants Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank have chosen independent German firms to advise on their merger rather than UK-based firms with German links. Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber, Germany’s largest firm, is acting for Deutsche Bank, while Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch Rechtsanwalte is representing Dresdner Bank. The merger will create the world’s largest financial […]

Haarmanns opens office in Moscow

German legal practice Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner has opened a Moscow office as part of a global expansion drive. Gerd Lenga, previously the partner in charge of German rival Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber’s Moscow office, has been appointed to head the new Russian practice. Ulrich Schrader has moved from Haarmanns’ Berlin and Bucharest offices to […]

Dot com gets head of legal from bank

Online financial services company Interactive Investor International has appointed its first head of legal from investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. As counsel in the law and compliance department at Morgan Stanley, Anil Raval was responsible for all legal and regulatory issues surrounding international private wealth management. He has been appointed head of legal and […]

Testing compensation levels

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are “no longer fair and reasonable”. Eight test cases involving a spread […]

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