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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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Police attack dishonest high street lawyers

NCIS detective Simon Goddard also took a swipe at those high street solicitors who fail to report their suspicions about clients. He was angered by the latest NCIS figures which show the number of cases of suspicious financial transactions reported by solicitors to police has dropped from 300 in 1996 to 236 last year. There […]

Apil rejects LAB's legal aid concessions

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has rejected the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) latest concessions on legal aid for medical negligence cases. Apil president Ian Walker, who has accused the LAB of removing legal aid “by the back door”, said he estimated that under the concessions about half of all medical negligence cases would […]

Spanking scandal hits North East

A Cleveland barrister is being investigated by local police for spanking colleagues. It is believed that four pupils have made formal complaints for indecent assault, claiming that the barrister slapped their backsides whenever they were said to have made a mistake. Those involved are understandably reluctant to discuss the matter and no formal charge has […]

In brief: Top speakers to address race hate conference

US Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder will headline the 25th anniversary conference of the Society of Black Lawyers next month. Other speakers at the event, the first Anglo-US conference to address race hate crimes, include Helena Kennedy QC and Johnnie Cochran. The event, which is supported by The Lawyer, will be opened by Neville Lawrence, […]

Trainee solicitors forced to break law by small firms

Trainee solicitors are overworked, racially and sexually harassed and are even being asked to break the law by small law firms, according to a review by the Trainee Solicitors Group. The review is based on findings from the TSG’s helpline. TSG outgoing chairman Nick Armstrong said the helpline had received calls complaining that some firms […]

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