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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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The Marchioness of Milford Haven, is to seek injunctions banning further publication of a News of the World story linking her to James Hewitt. She is also seeking libel damages over the story which was printed alongside photographs of her and Hewitt under the heading ‘Hewitt is at it again’. The London firm of Harkavys […]

'Solicitors benefit from disabled bill'

The main topic of interest in 1995 for members of the Law Society Group for Solicitors with Disabilities, as for any person with a disability, is likely to be the progress of the new Disability Bill through Parliament. Heralded as ” the greatest advance for disabled people in the history of this country” by the […]

In brief: Pannones under one roof in Manchester

Manchester-based Pannone & Partners has moved its lawyers to one site. Staff have left the Spring Gardens office and are now at Lincoln House adjacent to the Deansgate head office. The firm has acquired two floors of Lincoln House from a firm of architects.

Energy expert gets top ORR position

DENTON Hall regulatory specialist Tom Winsor has been appointed General Counsel at the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR). But the Denton Hall partner, who has just completed an 18-month secondment as ORR’s chief legal adviser, is only to remain with the rail regulator until 31 March when he rejoins his firm. His short term […]

Mackay pulls up LAB over advert

THE LORD Chancellor has rapped the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over the knuckles for pre-empting his plans for legal aid reform. Lord Mackay wrote to Law Society President Charles Elly to stress his concern over a board advertisement which assumed block contracts would be introduced. Richard Collins, planning manager, originally said the board would not […]

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