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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: freshfields

THE AMSTERDAM office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come a long way since May 1999, when it opened with just four partners working out of temporary offices. Rapid expansion has brought its partner count up to 14, the bulk of them creamed from Dutch magic circle firms. The practice is neatly focused on corporate and […]

When two tribes go to war

Accusations of a growing “compensation culture” are always guaranteed to grab the headlines, and so it was when the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched its review of the employment tribunals this spring. It was the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) that first delivered the charge. “We have to show that tribunals are for […]

Lynx new media ventures

Allen & Overy assembled a firm-wide team to advise on the complicated structuring of this deal – one of the most unusual it has undertaken out of its financial services and investment structures group. Bear Stearns is an established client of Allen & Overy. This piece of work came in through corporate partner Andrew Baltheimer […]

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Thornfield Redditch Partnership secures exchange of agreement to build 80,000sq ft Debenhams store in Redditch. Denton Wilde Sapte advised Thornfield on the management and development of the Kingfisher Centre (Richard Budge). Debenhams advised by Walker Morris (Richard Innes).

Lording it up

In the last judicial year, the House of Lords delivered judgment in 64 cases. It is impossible to predict which cases will and which won’t end up at the UK’s highest court, but if a case involves a point of law which is seen to be of substantial importance, the chances are that it might. […]

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