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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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I was greatly interested by Chris Jones’ article, “Learn to manage the legal business” (The Lawyer, 26 July), and his observations on the increasing need for law firms to embrace more modern and scientific management techniques to maintain profitability. Our industry is exposed to the same forces for change as everything else, from automotive to […]

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Mike Davies is a partner at Veale Wasbrough. The Court of Appeal case of AMB Imballaggi Plastici SRL v Pacflex Ltd tackled a difficult situation for agents and principals. The issue was whether Pacflex was an agent within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. AMB was the Italian manufacturer of food […]

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In our first look at the figures who shaped the legal millennium Alan Hyman reveals the story of 19th Century New York legal team Abraham Hummel and Londoner William Howe, known as Eagle Abe and the Weeper, who became heroes of the criminal set and the bane of the establishment. As we approach the end […]

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