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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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Breaking down the barriers

The harmonisation of insolvency laws across Europe remains uncertain, write Howard Morris and Katharine Theobald. Howard Morris is a partner and Katharine Theobald a solicitor at Denton Hall. The idea of a European Convention on Insolvency Proceedings to harmonise substantive insolvency laws across Europe was first explored in 1960. On 23 November 1995, the convention […]

Tuckers to bill state for 'thinking time'

A London criminal law firm is to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court Taxing Office taxing master claiming legal aid money for “thinking time”. If the claim – brought by criminal law firm Tuckers – is successful, lawyers will be able to charge the public purse for time spent thinking about cases in the […]

Human rights on trial

Chris Fogarty and Richard Tyler look at the case of a British lawyer who is locked up in Portugal and another who is acting as a United Nations observer in Sierra Leone Months locked in an overcrowded Portuguese prison cell have allowed Professor David Lowry plenty of time to reflect on the bitter irony of […]

Nominal £5 award against firm goes up to £125,000

A nominal High Court damages award of £5 against City law firm Macfarlanes has been increased by the Appeal Court to £125,000. The award to Titanic Investments stemmed from a claim over advice given by Macfarlane in respect of a £12m deal involving land at Waltham Chase, Twyford, near Winchester. Land owners Alan Godsal and […]

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