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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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Comply with us

A major revelation at Asim’s agm was the joint discussions with the Law Society over regulation, reports Mary Heaney. At ASIM’s recent annual general meeting, the Law Society and Asim were shown to be working together in order to agree standard documentation for compliance. Stuart Bushell, head of investment business regulation at the Office for […]

Added-value solicitors making partner grade

A SERIES of leading law firms have announced their annual partnership appointments amid claims that the criteria they are looking for in their new partners have changed so that they must now be good managers as well as being good lawyers. Clifford Chance has appointed 22 partners this year, plus George Staple who returns after […]

Getting self-centred

The self-assessment system, which will affect the tax year ending 5 April 1997, does not involve a new tax, nor will it affect the overall amount of tax you pay. There are, however, many issues to consider and changes in practice to implement. If you have not already started planning, you cannot afford to wait […]

Hillsborough damages claim

The House of Lords has now given leave for the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire to appeal a decision that four members of his force who claimed damages over mental trauma they claim they suffered as a result of their involvement in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in April 1989 were entitled to compensation for mental […]

Pach update

More than 220 chambers are taking part in the Bar Council’s pupillage clearing house scheme Pach this year. Pach has proved controversial and last month it was revealed that 320 pupillages had been left unfilled by the scheme in its first year. But a working party headed by Stephen Kramer QC has made a series […]

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