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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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Fishburns appoints new partner

Ian Welland has become a partner at Fishburns Solicitors after moving from Robin Simon earlier this month. •Ian Welland has become a partner at Fishburns Solicitors after moving from Robin Simon earlier this month. Welland was a founding partner of Robin Simon when the firm was set up in May 2003. He is a part-qualified […]

CC returns to BLP for second real estate revenge raid

Clifford Chance has returned to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to plunder its real estate practice for a second time in the latest instalment of an uneasy tit-for-tat rivalry. Clifford Chance is taking on partner Catherine Cook from BLP. She follows real estate partner Franc Peña, who joined Clifford Chance from BLP last month (July). The […]

Probe into legal complaints handling launched

The Legal Complaints Services (LCS) has launched a ‘pre-consultation study’ into its plans to publish the complaints handling track records of law firms. The LCS has commissioned market research agency Gfk NOP to conduct the consultation, which aims to gauge the impact such a move would have on the legal profession. The consultation will include […]

Chambers is Outer sight

Over to Outer Temple Chambers, which recently won the dubious accolade of being the highest-ranked team of barristers in the London Triathlon. The Outer Temple team actually came 33rd overall out of 200 teams and was led in its quest for glory by the new leader of the Western Circuit Robin Tolson QC. Tolson completed […]

DWS scoops largest ukrainian loan work

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has underscored its dedication to emerging markets by advising on the largest-ever loan in the Ukraine. The DWS team, led by banking and finance partner Jonathan Solomon, advised BNP Paribas as lead arranger on the $1.5bn (£740m) loan for Ukrainian mining and metals group Metinvest. Solomon said: “The deal is significant […]

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