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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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In brief: Get in at The Sharp End – for charity

There is still time to buy the original drawings for The Lawyer’s popular cartoon The Sharp End while at the same time helping a children’s charity. Fran Orford, the cartoon’s creator, is putting the originals up for sale, and donating the proceeds of the sale to charity. So far he has raised £200. For more […]

Barrister seeks damages after Turkish Fox & Gibbons stint

A UK barrister who was recruited to jointly head Fox & Gibbons’ Turkish office has started industrial tribunal proceedings against his former employers. Ian Philliskirk, who joined the Middle East firm in January, quit after two months because he was unhappy with the way the office was being run. He is now seeking damages based […]

In brief: Official Referee's Courts revamp protocol

Solicitors working in Official Referee’s Courts have established a new protocol to improve their working relationship with expert witnesses. The Official Referee’s Solicitors Association, whose 170 members take construction and highly technical cases to the Official Referee’s Courts, said that there have been misunderstandings with expert witnesses over issues such as fees and their courtroom […]

Dundas elbows in on Garretts

The management of Arthur Andersens’ existing English law firm, Garretts, is to be shaken up in a bid to accommodate Edinburgh law firm Dundas & Wilson, which announced it was joining Andersens’ network last week. Dundas’ chairman Neil Cochran and managing partner Chris Campbell will both, once registered as foreign lawyers in England, become partners […]

Scottish conveyancing system for whom?

Leslie Dubow highlights some of the flaws of the Scottish conveyancing system that the Adam Smith Institute has recommended and offers some alternative solutions. Leslie Dubow is executive officer of the SPG. A report of the Adam Smith Institute on the house-selling process is said to recommend adopting the Scottish legal process whereby buyers and […]

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