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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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CC, Freshfields left hanging by Galileo

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have been left waiting in the wings while eight European companies fight over the E3.2bn (£2.21bn) Galileo project. The consortium of companies, known as the Galileo Operating Company (GOC), has failed to instruct external legal counsel as questions surface about budget difficulties, timetables and satellite coverage for the project, which is […]

Farrers boosts corporate team with Wedlake hires

Farrer & Co has made a double raid on Wedlake Bell, poaching two corporate lawyers, including the firm’s former practice head. Wedlake’s corporate partner Adam Walker and associate Jaideep Bal will both join Farrers, Bal as a partner, giving the firm’s mid-market focussed practice seven corporate partners. Walker had been corporate head at Wedlakes for […]

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Citigroup’s German legal head has made his team integral to the development of the bank’s fixed-income business. Aled Griffiths talks to Jean-Claude Zerey about how he pioneered a new relationship between legal and compliance In among the bustle of activity on the German trading floor of the world’s biggest bank there is a small circle […]

Law Soc names new chief executive

The Law Society has picked the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s chief executive Desmond Hudson as its new chief executive. Hudson replaces current chief executive Janet Paraskeva, who is moving on to a range of other roles including the position of First Civil Service Commissioner. He will lead the Law Society’s representative work, which […]

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