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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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Cooley boosts tax with West Coast lawyer

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward has pulled off a coup against nearest rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with the hire of its former head of tax. Glen Kohl is one of the top tax and M&A lawyers in California. He left his position at Wilson Sonsini in 1993 to join the US Department of […]

Senior partner retires from Wiggin & Co

Leading media and entertainment boutique Wiggin & Co’s senior partner is departing. Nic Stones is stepping down after 15 years in the role and will retire from the firm. Head of media and entertainment Tim Osborne will replace him. Osborne, who joined in 1979 from Lovell White & King (now Lovells), will continue to head […]

Fountain Court boosts clerk count

Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court. John Clements will join from One Essex Court, and two further junior clerks at the bottom end will bring the total count to 11. Clements has been at One Essex Court for 12 years and will leave […]

CGNU slashes legal panel to four firms

Insurance giant CGNU has dramatically overhauled its property investment panel, slashing it from 16 firms to four, and dropping Clifford Chance in the process. The winning firms are Berwin Leighton, Hammond Suddards Edge, Nabarro Nathanson and Penningtons. CGNU is the second-largest property investment company after Prudential. Morley Fund Management, the CGNU subsidiary that manages its […]

NFU legal chief leaves at peak of farm crisis

Vidal quits farmers union for specialist ministry of agriculture role The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is losing its chief legal adviser as the workload peaks due to the foot-and-mouth crisis. Richard Vidal, who has worked for the NFU for 14 years, is joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a legal adviser. His plays a general […]

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