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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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Court of Appeal redraws rules on design and trademark rights

IP practitioners will need to update their textbooks on trademark and design rights after the Court of Appeal handed down two judgments within a week. IP sets 11 South Square and Hogarth Chambers were the all-round winners, with their respective top silks Henry Carr QC and Roger Wyand QC taking the leading roles in both […]

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A&O, Mayer Brown and Cleary scoop credit crunch superfund

Allen & Overy, Mayer Brown and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured roles advising on the mortgage securities superfund designed to help ease the credit crunch. Allen & Overy, Mayer Brown and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured lead roles advising on the proposed mortgage securities superfund designed to help alleviate the impact […]

Rain clouds gather at McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery London office head David Dalgarno said this week: “We don’t want to maintain the rainmaker model that is typical of the London market.” Which is a good job, because rainmakers don’t appear to want to work at McDermott. The firm suffered another loss this week when rainmaking IP chief Larry Cohen […]

SRA defends allegations of racist investigation process

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) chief executive Antony Townsend met with MP Keith Vaz and 40 aggrieved lawyers to rebuff allegations that the SRA is racist in its investigations of black and minority ethnicity (BME) lawyers. At the heart of the allegation are figures from a 2006 internal SRA report on ethnicity and diversity, which […]

To C or not to C

Clifford Chance‘s quality internal monthly mouthpiece has until now simply been called C – surely a stroke of minimalist genius. Nevertheless, Clifford Chance staffers are excited by the announcement that C is going to relaunch in time for Christmas. Even more exciting is the prospect of winning £200 worth of Amazon gift vouchers for the […]

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