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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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Paula Feldman was born in 1960 in London. She is a solicitor in the media litigation group at Richards Butler. What was your first job? Selling antiques in Portobello Market. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £80 per week plus luncheon vouchers worth 25p per day. What would you have done if […]

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The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has completed a major upgrade of its Internet Web site, following a significant upsurge in interest in its home pages. The LCD’s previous temporary site went from recording just 300 visits, or “hits”, a week, to well over 5,500 a week in the space of a year. The record for […]

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Regarding Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council’s new Tenancy Agreement, I read with some surprise the comments of Mr Johnson (The Lawyer 10 February), arguing it could impinge on civil liberties. Mr Johnson was given the opportunity to comment on the Tenancy Agreement during our extensive consultation process. He failed to do so. As the article makes […]

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