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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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The number of trainees choosing not to stay on at the firm they qualified with has hit unprecedented levels. Firms which are investing time and money in seeing students through to qualification are watching them walk out the door after two years, and the question for any firm must be “what has gone wrong, and […]

Freshfields' Amsterdam HQ poaches top Dutch partner

One of the top competition lawyers in The Netherlands is joining Freshfields’ Amsterdam office to set up a new practice. Winfred Knibbeler, a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and European Union (EU) competition law – with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He […]

Osborne Clarke woos construction partner

Osborne Clarke is poaching a key partner from City-based firm Laytons as part of a drive to expand its construction department. Laytons’ national head of construction John Redmond is moving to Osborne Clarke in May to take up the same title there. Osborne Clarke has no construction partners and only two full-time assistants in this […]

Regus slashes property panel from fifty to two

Regus, the worldwide operator of business centres, has slashed its panel of law firms for property work from 50 to just two. Andersen Legal and White & Case beat off so-called “global” firms to win the tender, valued at $2m (£1.26m) a year, approximately half of Regus’ annual legal spend. Head of legal Tim Regan […]

Dibbs in secret talks to sell Leeds patent office

The future of Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Leeds-based patent division is in doubt as the firm approaches local agencies about buying the department. It is understood that Dibbs is asking patent agents to sign confidentiality agreements which include a non-solicitation clause as it seeks a buyer for the 22-strong patent agent office. Sources say the firm […]

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