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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 urges NI murder probe

LEADING human rights lawyers have called for an immediate judicial inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Patrick Finucane. In a report released last week, the Law Society’s international human rights working party urges the court to probe the cause of Finucane’s death and examine the possible role played by security forces. The report, […]

Court order plan faces funding row

MAGISTRATES decide this week whether to mount a legal challenge to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary over a plan to pass the job of enforcing court orders from police to magistrates courts. They say severe underfunding will limit courts’ ability to enforce orders and fines. Duncan Webster, general secretary of the Central Council of […]

Legal system stifles use of plea bargains, claims report

THE FUTURE of plea bargaining in financial fraud cases has been cast into doubt by MPs who slammed its use as “veiled in shadows”. The Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee’s report last week, the Regulation of Financial Services, voiced concerns despite support for plea bargaining from City regulators which want closer “interplay” between civil […]

Firms break BCCI deadlock

TWO London firms have cracked the sixth-month negotiations between former employees of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the bank’s liquidators. The settlement means the ex-employees can withdraw their leave for legal action in return for payments totalling US$70 million. The money will go into two trusts: US$50 million to a trust […]

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