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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 electronic avenue

The storage capacity of modern electronic equipment provides investigators with the ideal starting place in their search for evidence. Sanjay Bhandari and Georgina Lewis report Anyone investigating wrongdoing may be faced with a mass of potentially relevant information stored on electronic media. The trick for the lawyer is being able to navigate that maze quickly […]

The Terminator backs up Orrick’s China licence bid

One of the world’s best-known faces is helping Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in its quest for a China operating licence. The California firm has turned to the Terminator himself, longstanding Orrick client Arnold Schwarzenegger. The offer of assistance came after Schwarzenegger invited Orrick chairman and chief executive Ralph Baxter to accompany him on a week-long […]

Eversheds IP head quits for Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds’ IP and life sciences head Sally Shorthose. Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds‘ IP and life sciences head Sally Shorthose. Shorthose specialises in non-contentious IP work, including partnering agreements and regulatory advice for life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. Before Shorthose joined Eversheds in 2003, she was head of the […]

Weil: would it really bill for breathing?

Weil Gotshal & Manges was left searching for a rock to crawl under after being forced to admit that its lawyers “don’t communicate”. The rather embarrassing admission came about after US bankruptcy judge Judith Fitzgerald questioned why Weil was charging client Armstrong World Industries for sending a lawyer to observe a hearing in another bankruptcy […]

Grande Stevens considers court action over Juventus scandal

Pity poor Grande Stevens. Far from reaping the rewards of its long association with Turin’s powerful Agnelli family, the Italian law firm is embroiled in the match-fixing allegations levelled at one of its biggest clients, Juventus Football Club. Franzo Grande Stevens, the legendary founder of Grande Stevens, was president of Italian champions Juventus until the […]

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