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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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'Don't Break My Copyright'

Roger Pearson The recent High Court action in which Birmingham secretary Debbie Banks sued pop group UB40 was a battle against the odds. And with the aid of Beasley & Johnson, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, she triumphed. Banks claimed she was responsible for co-authorship of one of the group’s chart-topping hits. The ruling by Mr […]

Law Soc sues KPMG for £8.5m

THE LAW Society is suing accountants KPMG for more than £8.5 million over a catalogue of alleged breaches of duty and negligence in its auditing of law firm Durnford Ford’s accounts. The society alleges the accountants failed to spot hundreds of anomalous financial transactions resulting from the theft of money from clients. KPMG rejects the […]

Rush to get Accident Line insurance

FIRMS have been flocking to join up to the Law Society’s £85 no win no fee insurance scheme, according to Chancery Lane officials. Nine hundred of the 1,300 Accident Line offices had signed up for insurance by the time the Law Society’s Accident Line Protect scheme was launched last week. David Hartley, of the Law […]

In brief: Solicitor wins review of LAB ban

Solicitor Hilda Amoo-Gottfried has been granted leave for judicial review of a decision by a Legal Aid Board London area committee banning her from the South London duty solicitor scheme. London number one committee’s decision in April 1993 was countermanded by a direction to reinstate her from the board’s national committee in April 1995. The […]

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