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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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Bacfi proposals find backing

An open meeting of around 60 members of the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry (Bacfi) has backed calls for partnerships between barristers. The meeting, held earlier this month, was called by Bacfi’s executive committee as a means of testing the level of support within the organisation’s rank and file for its reform agenda. […]

Litigation Personal Injury 19/11/96

Prinn v Plymouth and Torbay Health Authority – QBD, 21 October 1996 Claimant: Steven Prinn (six years) Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Oxygen starvation during birth at Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth. Claimant has some awareness of world around him even though he is blind, suffers from spastic quadriplegia and is totally dependant on the care of […]

Farrers sued over DNA technicality

Solicitors to the Queen Farrers & Co are being sued for negligence in a paternity case because they allegedly applied for a DNA test under the wrong Act. The mother concerned, who was seeking maintenance from the alleged father, a wealthy foreign businessman, has issued a High Court writ claiming Farrers acted negligently on her […]

In brief: Salter scales the planning heights

Ian Salter, associate at Burges Salmon, has gained a double honour by being elected a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and joining the Law Society’s panel of recommended planning experts.

Council fails to stop arcade

Derby City Council’s attempt to block a proposed shopping arcade by citing the traditional rights of the council’s market has been thwarted by a High Court decision. In Shops Centre had gone to the High Court in October seeking declaratory relief and arguing that its proposed shopping centre would not constitute a rival and therefore […]

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