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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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Clyde & Co expands in Asia

CLYDE & Co is beefing up its Asian presence in the run-up to the 1997 Hong Kong hand-over by sending key commercial litigation partners out to the region. Martin Heath, who returns for his second stint in the Far East, starts in the 18-lawyer Hong Kong office next month. He will be joined by aviation […]

Row over import controls moves to ECJ

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is set to face a challenge in the European Court of Justice to its approach over control provisions designed to regulate the import of pesticides into the UK. Mr Justice Popplewell has referred the case following a challenge mounted by the British Agrochemicals Association which represents 37 members […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/11/95

Geoffrey Catterall, 34, admitted 1986, practised as partner with Toller Beattie, Barnstaple, Devon, suspended indefinitely. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for benefit of other clients and drew client money in breach of accounting rules. Tribunal said: “It is a matter of great concern when a young and inexperienced solicitor, indeed at […]

Legislation in waiting. Asylum Bill

The Asylum and Immigration Bill, to be published imminently, will toughen up laws on asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants. The Government has received strong Labour criticism for playing the “race card” before the general election, but ministers defended it saying the surge of asylum applications meant this year’s figure was likely to reach 40,000, excluding dependents. […]

On the trail of the fraudsters

Whether as a witness of fact or as an expert witness, an accountant can be a valuable member of the litigation team. However, concern has been voiced recently that the use of expert witnesses has led to judicial delay and expense. It has also been suggested that some experts have failed to maintain their independence […]

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