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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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CC rejigs partnership in drive to lead ‘elite group’

Clifford Chance global managing partner David Childs underlined his plan to make the firm the world’s best ;when ;announcing ;a ­wholesale restructuring of the firm’s partnership. Clifford Chance partners will next month vote on whether plans to slash ­partner numbers should be given the go-ahead (The Lawyer.com, 4 February). The news comes after Linklaters announced […]

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City elite refuse to rule out pay band freeze

City firms have not ruled out a pay freeze come May, following decisions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case to lock down their associate pay bands. Herbert Smith, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Ashurst and Lovells have all said they are yet to make a decision on salaries, but none of the firms […]

A&O, Clifford Chance on Abu Dhabi banks deal

Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and White & Case have advised on the Abu Dhabi Government’s 16bn AED (£2.98bn) bail-out of five local banks. Clifford Chance advised the Abu Dhabi Government on its tier 1 capital injection into the emirate’s banks. Capital markets partner Simon Sinclair in London and Abu Dhabi capital markets partner […]

Rays of sunshine?

Lovells’ announcement today that it is to chop up to 94 jobs in London is particularly bad news for non-fee-earning staff. Only 18 lawyers out of the 94 are at risk, and they are likely to come from the corporate and real estate departments (see story). Unusually, and unlike a number of other firms undergoing […]

Wolferstans

For many athletes, 2012 will be the culmination of years of hard work. But for Paul Woods, Senior partner of Wolferstans, the years of dedicated ­preparation will be more about competing in the race to ­harness the Legal Services Act 2007. According to Owen, Wolferstans is representative of one of the number of provincial firms […]

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