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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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Shearman scoops Freshfields former disputes head

Shearman & Sterling has swooped on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to hire the firm’s former co-head of dispute resolution and Lloyd’s of London relationship partner Jo Rickard. Rickard resigned from Freshfields partnership on Friday (8 Sept), following a vote by Shearman’s partnership Thursday evening. She will join the London office on 1 November (CHECK). Speculation over […]

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Ricksons has poached insolvency specialist Jane Haymes from Manchester firm LCL Law. Haymes joins the corporate recovery team as a consultant. Bristol-based firm TLT Solicitors has hired employment associate James Moss from Cardiff-based Capital Law Commercial. 36 Bedford Row has appointed David Green as senior clerk. Green will join in November from Valios & Boardman […]

FTSE 350 companies prepare to slash legal fees

UK law firms are to suffer a blow to the amount of work they receive from in-house lawyers, according to new research by Grant Thornton’s forensic and investigation services practice. According to the research, over half of the FTSE 350 in-house legal teams surveyed plan on boosting their in-house legal teams over the next year. […]

Eversheds wins first EAT religious discrimination hearing

Eversheds wins first EAT religious discrimination hearing” />Eversheds has won the first-ever Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) hearing on religious discrimination, nearly three years after new laws first came into force. Associate Rehan Akram acted for West Coast Trains, the employers of Mohsin Mohmed, a Muslim man who claimed he was dismissed from his job because […]

A&O sparks conflict row on United Biscuits deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has had to gain conflicts clearance from the Law Society after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits. A&O, led by corporate partner David Wootton, is advising long-term client United Biscuits, the maker of McVitie’s biscuits and Hula Hoops, on its multimillion-pound auction. However, it has emerged that […]

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