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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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Eversheds scoops phone deal

Eversheds has been appointed to advise Kingston Upon Hull City Council on its controversial plans for a £500m flotation of Kingston Communications (Hull), the unique telecommunications service owned by the council. Kingston Communications is the only UK telecommunications service in public hands and can trace its roots back to the first days of the telephone. […]

Concern over courts' IT update after rift

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) is insisting that US company EDS’ contract to install IT case management systems in all civil and Crown courts is safe, despite the recent bust-up over the tender to supply the £170m Libra system in magistrates’ courts. Last week it emerged that EDS had complained to the LCD over the […]

SIF: still a runner – or dead in the water?

In the light of the CLLS’s recent condemnation of SIF, Shaun Pye wonders if the mutual fund stands a chance against the might of the City. In the bowels of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) HQ, staff can definitely hear the fat lady clearing her throat and preparing to sing. While last week’s call from […]

Med neg work: the facts

Last week’s news brief, “Med neg work to be restricted to franchisees”, reported that from next January only personal injury franchisees would be able to do medical negligence work, until that pool was restricted further, about six months later, following the introduction of a medical negligence franchise category. The new medical negligence category will actually […]

Strategy is everything in the fight for survival

The legal marketplace may be enjoying one of its best years ever, but there are still many firms which are not enjoying the fruits of this boom. Last week, The Lawyer reported the demise of 19-partner West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, which will split next month with its property department going to Lawrence Graham […]

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