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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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French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is launching in London after taking four partners from US best friend Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. UK-qualified partners Michael Doran and Colin Mercer and US-qualified partners Scott Cameron and Christopher Mead will launch the office with Gide Loyrette partner Arnaud Duhamel, who will relocate from Paris. The haul comes […]

Simmons loses partner from Brussels practice

Simmons & Simmons Brussels partner Conor Maguire has quit the firm. A Simmons spokesperson said he had “left by mutual consent”. Maguire was one of just two partners in Simmons’ small Brussels EU competition practice, although the firm has a further three partners in its domestic Belgian practice. Marco Slotboom replaces Maguire as head of […]

FCO puts prospective UK ECJ judges on trial

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last week interviewed candidates to replace the UK’s retiring European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge David Edwards. An FCO nomination will be made in the next few weeks, which must then be ratified by the European Council of Ministers, although this is just a formality. Edwards, who leaves at […]

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