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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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FORMER Law Society president Charles Elly has questioned his successor’s confrontational tactics and put his weight firmly behind the move for constitutional reform at Chancery Lane. In this week’s The Lawyer, Elly criticises Martin Mears’ calls for supporters to challenge sitting council members who oppose him. Questioning what a change in council members would actually […]

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THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane’s 1989 murder. Peter Madden is acting for Finucane’s widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is […]

Court order plan faces funding row

MAGISTRATES decide this week whether to mount a legal challenge to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary over a plan to pass the job of enforcing court orders from police to magistrates courts. They say severe underfunding will limit courts’ ability to enforce orders and fines. Duncan Webster, general secretary of the Central Council of […]

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The legal aid board. A quango the Law Society loves to hate

John Malpas looks at the stormy relationships which have dogged the LAB and talks to the institution’s main players “A DOWNCAST institution, riven by internal dissension from the highest to the lowest levels.” That is how the Law Society described the Legal Aid Board not long ago. In a speech which sparked off a huge […]

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