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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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Law Society debates future of SCB

PLANS to abolish the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB) have been thrown out by the Law Society’s adjudication and appeals committee. Instead, a four-part package of reforms has been put forward to make the SCB more independent and effective. The proposals form part of the fundamental Quo Vadis review – a thorough look at solicitors’ complaints-handling. […]

Media firms form double act

A SPECIALIST defamation firm which counts Private Eye among its clients is merging with well-known media practice Davenport Lyons. Four partners and five fee earners from Wright Webb Syrett’s litigation department will make the short trip from Soho Square to the Davenport Lyons Old Burlington Street offices, also in the West End, on Monday next […]

Who has the disease?

As usual, Scotland has been used as an experimental station for Government schemes. Thus solicitor advocates are further advanced north of the border. So advanced that they now have their own nickname – “adsols”. Some adsols have not yet completed the necessary training. Those that have are known as “complete adsols” – especially at the […]

Sex harassers unfairly treated too

EMPLOYERS could face a rise in unfair dismissal claims from workplace sex pests if rules regarding the issue are not firmly established, employment lawyers warn. Lawyers claim harassers can also be unfairly treated and, to avoid paying out to them as well as their victims, “positive steps” need to be taken. Barnett Alexander Chart employment […]

Property lawyers move on to fresh pastures

FORMER Freshfields partner Ian Fisher has defected to West End firm Fladgate Fielder saying the move will allow him more scope to pursue his institutional property speciality. Fisher was a partner for 15 years in City-based Freshfields’ commercial property department, but says he feels domestic institutional work was being marginalised there. In a second commercial […]

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