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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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Greenwoods wins Railtrack debt work

RAILTRACK has picked Peterborough firm Greenwoods to carry out its debt recovery work for England and Wales. The 14-partner practice saw off competition from about eight other firms to be selected for the contract. Managing partner Michael Taylor says he is “absolutely delighted”. “It is a substantial amount of work – in the region of […]

QC attacks Inns over record on gay equality

THE BAR Council’s out-going treasurer Martin Bowley QC blasted the Inns of Court as “self-perpetuating geriatric oligarchies” in a speech to the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (Blagg). Bowley also called for a radical revamp of the archaic sex laws which he says should enshrine the concept of equality. The QC, of 1 King’s Bench […]

Brooke defends judicial review plan

LAWYERS at a conference on judicial review voiced concerns that a Law Commission proposal may make it tougher for people to obtain leave. Chair of the commission Sir Henry Brooke says this had never been the commission’s intention but he was happy to pass on concerns to the Government. He told the conference, jointly hosted […]

Handbook Of Local Authority Legal Practice Christopher Robinson Sweet & Maxwell u38

This is a timely piece of work in view of the organisational and management changes which local authority legal practices are currently facing. Its purpose is to assist local authorities and their chief legal advisers to cope with the implementation of CCT. The scope of the handbook, however, is far wider than this. Christopher Robinson’s […]

In brief: Archer to present tribunals report

The chair of the Council of Tribunals Lord Archer of Sandwell QC will present the council’s annual report this week. Speaking at a press conference at the council’s offices, Lord Archer will also outline the work of the 15-member council. The report will go before the Lord Chancellor and then be laid before Parliament.

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