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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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Quorum makes acquisition to improve service quality and broaden range

Quorum Litigation Services’ acquisition of Information Scanning Services (ISS) in Aldershot was not just a case of buying a company because it liked its service. Quorum UK director Kelvin McGregor-Alcorn says the purchasing of ISS from the Headway Technology group is part of a strategy to broaden the US group’s range of services, both to […]

Are the ladies hemmed in?

Mary Heaney looks at a minor revolution as more women lawyers swap their skirts for trousers in the workplace Four months ago, City firm Linklaters & Paines found itself the subject of press attention when it changed its dress code allowing females to wear trousers. Until then, it was “generally-speaking, not appropriate for women to […]

In brief: Addleshaws appoints personnel director

Manchester firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has appointed Graham Kershaw to the newly-created post of personnel and administration director. Kershaw, formerly company secretary of the Tetley Pub Company, will act as a member of Addleshaws executive board, reporting directly to managing partner Paul Lee. He is a JP and director of the West Yorkshire Probation […]

Research confirms Oxbridge bias in High Court

EIGHTY-TWO per cent of judges appointed to the High Court during the past two years were Oxbridge graduates and all attended private fee-paying schools, according to newly-released Labour Party research. Published by Stephen Byers, chair of the party’s Home Affairs Committee, the study says that of the 26 appointments made during 1993 and 1994, only […]

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