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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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Clive Alcock on special hours certificates for public houses. Clive Alcock is legal adviser for Staffordshire Police.

Two recent decisions have rejected the contentions made by licensee Steven Shipley of the higher courts’ interpretation of provisions in s77 of the Licensing Act 1964 concerning Special Hours Certificates (SHC). At the request of the police, Cannock Licensing Justices applied Chief Constable of West Midlands v Aubrey Marsden to Shipley’s application for an SHC […]

Transformation is the only option….

The recent survey by BDO Stoy Hayward into property selling by solicitors makes interesting reading. It tells us two important things: First, that if you are a conveyancer the ‘do nothing’ option should be avoided. Conveyancing as a stand-alone discipline is unlikely to thrive in the new millennium. Secondly and I believe more importantly it […]

Insurers line up to replace SIF

THE insurance industry is ready and willing to insure law firms on the open market, according to a report undertaken on behalf of the November Group of City firms which is fighting for the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The report, by Trevor Moss of insurance brokers Nelson Hurst & Marsh, which specialises […]

In brief: Exodus of three from Fladgate Fielder

Fladgate Fielder is set to lose three senior members from its institutional property team to Charles Russell, following disagreements over strategy. All three, Lynn Povey, Ian Fisher and Juliusz Wodzianski, are partners. No date has yet been set for their departure.

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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. I note with some interest and amusement the Inquiry featuring Stephen Dooley (The Lawyer, 13 January). He was asked ‘which law could you live without?’, his reply being ‘Newton’s Second I never managed to […]

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