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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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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. I refer to the article by Graham Balchin headed “Troubled Indemnity” (The Lawyer, 28 October). The article contains factual inaccuracies that require correction and raises issues on which I should like to comment. SIF […]

In brief: LCD consultation papers on the Internet

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has issued two consultation papers on proposed procedures for clinical negligence papers and multi-party actions which build on the plans unveiled by the Lord Woolf inquiry. They are available on the LCD’s Web site at: http://www.open.gov.uk/lcd/index.htm. The deadline for comments is 31 December.

Leaders of the major league

This high-profile field often attracts the media spotlight with the result that many of the top practitioners make the headlines Despite the large number of specialised areas which come under the umbrella of public and administrative law, and the spectacular growth in judicial review cases over the past 20 years, virtually all the leading silks […]

Qualified, but for what?

I am in a similar position to Ian Oldfield (4 November) but awaiting a training contract with a firm of solicitors. The total number of applications I have made to date mirrors Mr Oldfield’s. This does not include the 55 firms, advertising for trainees, from whom I have received no reply. Common courtesy does not […]

Barristers pioneer the first global forum for advocates

Barristers from across the world have set up the first international group for advocates. The Forum for Bar Advocates was formally established at a meeting during the International Bar Association’s (IBA) New Delhi conference at the beginning of November. It aims to help barristers promote their skills to solicitors as well as enabling them to […]

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