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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 Soc plans advertising attack on legal aid changes

THE LAW Society is planning to attack the Government’s changes to legal aid, and the Access to Justice Bill, by launching an advertising campaign. David McNeill, head of press at the Law Society, says talks are underway with shortlisted advertising agencies. He says the focus of the campaign will be aimed the general public. “Legal […]

Pierce sends CBE back to Number 10

Gareth Pierce, the high-profile solicitor who successfully fought to release the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and battered wife Sara Thornton, has rejected her New Year CBE. Pierce, a partner at BM Birnberg & Co, was given the award in the New Year Honours. When awards are made, recipients are informed and expected to accept […]

In brief: Hall Clark

Hall Clark, the London firm which dissolved last Friday with the senior partner going to Berrymans Lace Mawer, says it decided to close before being approached by Berrymans. Hall Clark partner Andrew Pieri, who is accompanying senior partner Beryl White to Berrymans, says the firm has six lawyers and not 11 as was reported. “They […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has coughed up nearly £500,000 to help dig the beleaguered Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) out of its backlog misery. But the money – required to pay extra staff to deal with thousands of pending complaints – will only clear the backlog that has accumulated up to December 1997. […]

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