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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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Finers works on strategy and image

West End firm Finers has elected a new managing partner and hired a new marketing director to up its PR profile. The 30-partner West End practice, which was formed nine years ago from the merger of Gershon Young Finer & Green with Stein Swede Jay & Bibring, expanded from 16 to 29 partners in its […]

Zambian protest

The Law Society has complained to the Zambian President Frederick Chiluba about the treatment of lawyer Rodger Chambwe. Chambwe has been forced to live outside his country as a result of his political activities. He was allegedly subject to intimidation including an assassination attempt in August last year. The International Bar Association has also registered […]

LawGroup launches mediation register

A register of lawyers trained in mediation was launched last week at the Law Society by LawGroup, the national network of more than 70 legal practices. LawGroup is one of the main providers of training courses in mediation for lawyers it has already trained more than 250 lawyers. The group’s director of mediation studies, Lisa […]

Pro bono group to confront Hoon

The Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), will confront Geoff Hoon this week over Lord Irvine’s proposed 75 per cent success barrier for lawyers seeking legal aid for their clients. Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, who is responsible for overseeing Irvine’s reforms on legal aid, will meet the SPBG’s director, Peta Sweet, […]

In brief: Law Society comes to rescue of ailing firms

A package of measures to help ailing firms is being put together by the Law Society. Details of the scheme are still being thrashed out but Geoffrey Sandercock, chair of the Law Society’s practice development committee, told last week’s meeting of the society’s council that firms would be able to receive advice on everything, from […]

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