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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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Eurotunnel contract dispute edges closer to arbitration

Trans Manche Link (TML), the 10-company consortium which received a Eurotunnel contract claim of FF8 billion (£1 billion), has yet to appoint lawyers to defend it or make a formal response to Eurotunnel. However, a TML source said the construction companies would be consulting their own lawyers prior to meeting to thrash out a joint […]

Race event pulls top US attorneys

THE DEFENCE lawyers who acted for OJ Simpson and Rodney King are to speak at a major London conference on black people in the criminal justice system. Johnnie Cochran and Milton Grimes have accepted invitations to speak at next month’s ‘Race for Justice’ conference. Cochran, head defence attorney for Simpson, and Grimes, who acted for […]

Lib Dems reveal ideas to save legal aid

A UNIVERSAL right to legal redress must be enshrined in a written constitution, according to the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association. The association unveiled its blueprint for legal reform at the House of Commons on Friday. In its Access to Justice report the group goes out of its way to distance itself from Labour, which has […]

Hard copy has edge over software

An electronic version of the The Supreme Court Practice 1995 otherwise known as the White Book is likely to provoke the interest of any computer-literate litigation lawyer and on the face of it the facilities provided by the digital edition are impressive. Its many features allow the user to search for any word or words […]

Temple sets make plans for October wedding

TWO CHAMBERS in the Temple have merged after a mass of tenant defections from one of the sets. Raymond Walker QC’s set in 1 Harcourt Buildings will be joining Simon Buckhaven’s set in the same building from the beginning of October. The move follows the departure of 10 barristers from Walker’s chambers over the past […]

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