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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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No meeting of minds on club

MANCHESTER lawyers are debating this week whether to continue meeting in a club that excludes women members. The debate, which falls as solicitors across the country gather in the city for the Solicitors Annual Conference, has been forced by Oldham personal injury lawyer Carol Hepworth. She thinks the society should stop using the 19th century […]

Contamination Act puts pressure on councils

COUNCIL lawyers are being urged to act quickly to prepare a comprehensive register of contaminated sites within their boundaries to avoid the threat of judicial reviews. According to Berrymans’ planning specialist, Steven Francis, the government’s planned new contaminated land regime will impose a great burden on local authorities. The Department of the Environment has issued […]

India and Central Asia come top of Baker & McKenzie's expansion list

Around 475 partners from the world’s largest law firm Baker & McKenzie will converge on London this week to discuss the firm’s future plans, which include expanding into India and Central Asia. Partners from the firm’s 55 offices around the world will meet for three days to discuss the key decisions which affect the international […]

Poor may be disadvantaged by legal aid block contracts

The qUAlity of legal advice for the poor could nose-dive if block contracting proposals for criminal legal aid work are introduced, warned a top US specialist. Addressing the Law Society of Scotland conference on crime and punishment last Monday, Robert Spangenberg, chair of an American Bar Association ad hoc committee on criminal defence, said proposals […]

Client chequebook scheme for firms

The Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a banking service which it hopes will transform the way lawyers deal with private client finance. In an attempt to steal a march on the competition, the bank is targeting top law firms with a computerised system, Roybank, that allows lawyers to create and manage bank accounts for […]

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