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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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Brief encounter: laytons

Laytons may be a small firm but it still manages to cover a large part of the UK, with offices in London, Bristol, Surrey and Manchester. The past few years have seen tentative steps towards expanding its core resources in order to retain big-name clients, including a myriad of banks and well-known brands, from First […]

The Leader column

The ongoing battle for control of German firm Gaedertz is pitching those of you with unsatisfied global ambitions into a real head-to-head. The cast list is starting to read like a who’s who of wannabe international players – enter Lathams, Mayer Brown & Platt, Eversheds and Norton Rose. What is more interesting is the fight […]

Axa Corporate Solutions sets up cross-border legal panel

Axa Corporate Solutions, part of the Axa group, has set up its own panel of law firms following an extensive beauty parade. Out of the 18 firms invited to tender, the successful firms are expected to be whittled down to 11. Several firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Ensor Byfield, James Chapman & Co, Kennedys and Weightmans […]

Asia specific

In simple terms, the world consists of three principal financial elements: the US, Europe and Asia. But looking at the strategies of some firms recently, you would be forgiven for thinking there were only two. While everyone in London is running around seeking out European mergers in a bid to win the eye of a […]

Linklaters wraps up Jolly deal as hotel sales revive

Linklaters & Alliance has finally completed one of the largest single asset transactions for first-time client Jolly Hotels. The deal involves the £57m acquisition of St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster from US group Strategic Hotel Capital, and turns the tables on a year-long slowdown in investment in the London hotel market. After a period in […]

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