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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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First users try out new Quill system

Fennell Betson reports Essex residential conveyancing practice Darcy White is one of the first to try Quill Computer Systems’ conveyancing case management system. Partner Roger Morse says: “Because of this we have been able to incorporate some of our own ideas into the software.” Quill’s managing director Tony Landes says the new system is currently […]

Latin America poised for onslaught from US firms

US lawyers are targeting Latin America as a major growth area for legal work, in response to the business spin-off from the increasing numbers of US and British companies setting up there. Delegates from US-based Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA), the world’s largest law firm network, met in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month to consider […]

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Vanguard Medica was advised by McKenna & Co on the signing of a license agreement for kidney disease treatment with British Technology Group, advised by its in-house legal team. The firm also advised on the collaboration of Vanguard Medica with Smithkline Beecham, advised by the in-house legal team, on an anti-migraine drug. Vanguard Medica was […]

A&O partner heads for Warsaw

ALLEN & Overy partner Stephen Denyer has moved from his London base to head the firm’s Central and Eastern European practice in Warsaw. Denyer, who has controlled the practice from the UK for the past five years, officially takes over in Poland next month. Graham Donnell is returning from Warsaw to rejoin the London corporate […]

Bella appoints Scottish solicitor in advisory role

SCOTTISH solicitor Iain Taylor has been appointed chair of the British Law Association for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Bella). Taylor, a partner at Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, succeeds Michael Fysh QC who stepped down last year because of increasing work commitments at his 8 New Square chambers. Established in 1992, the organisation aims […]

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