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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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Lovells partners: either egos or stays

Lovells partners have been told to put the interests of the firm before their egos. The firm has recently suffered a string of high-profile departures, notably in its private equity practice, with Marco Compagnoni and Jonathan Wood quitting the firm to join the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, to name but a few. […]

McGrigors boosts tax team with double barrister hire

McGrigors has made a second barrister hire for its tax team in less than a month as senior Government lawyer Dennis Dixon joins the firm. Dixon’s appointment comes just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that McGrigors was hiring 18 Red Lion Court’s Jonathan Fisher QC for a push into regulatory and white-collar crime work. McGrigors […]

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE” />With a transatlantic merger with Richards Butler looming on the horizon, Reed Smith has bagged a lead role on the first-ever primary listing of a US company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Partners Donald Reinke in San Francisco and Giles Beale in London […]

Merlie Calvert: De Beers

De Beers has found a priceless resource in legal services manager Merlie Calvert. David Middleton reports In a new twist on an old saying, Merlie Calvert is De Beers’ best friend. The 32-year-old manager of legal services (North) for the world’s largest diamond company was named In-house Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awardsin […]

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