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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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The Internet: stirring up a mixed response

Elizabeth Davidson reports Despite a residue of cynicism, lawyers are embracing the Internet with ever-increasing enthusiasm THE results of a survey by The Lawyer on the Internet arrive during the heart of what has been described as a technological “revolution” among law firms. Or, as The Future of Law author Richard Susskind puts it: “The […]

Insurers attacked for 'sitting on the fence'

After-the-event legal insurer Brian Raincock has attacked the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for “sitting on the fence” over the issue of expanding conditional fees insurance beyond personal injury cases. Raincock, managing director of Litigation Protection, said that despite a request from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) the ABI had so far not come up […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/8/97

Charles William Marshall Bucknall, 47, admitted 1976, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £8,467 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds, wrongly used client funds for his own purposes, practised without a current practising certificate, failed to keep properly written accounts, failed to comply with the instructions received from a mortgagee and/or misled […]

Lawyers grasp the Internet

LAWYERS have defied their stereotype by showing an impressive knowledge of the Internet and its potential, according to a major survey conducted by The Lawyer. The results of the nationwide survey revealed an enthusiasm in the profession for Internet technology that has surprised experts. Almost 80 per cent of the 500 lawyers questioned described the […]

Lawyers are the stars of courtroom drama

Chris Fogarty witnesses the defence and prosecution unite in the case against trial by media in the US justice system. For us attorneys the history of the world can be divided into two distinct eras: pre-OJ and post-OJ. The Simpson trial has radically altered the legal landscape. No longer is it enough to win over […]

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