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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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Making the net work for you

Publishing on the Net is growing at an enormous pace and could prove a valuable way of advertising your firm’s services as well as saving money, reports Chris Davis In Europe, companies spend an estimated 22.5 billion ECU each year on publishing. It is an area that can benefit immensely from using the information superhighway, […]

Scots centres not 'cleared'

Recent coverage of the Director General of Fair Trading’s decision to refer Scottish solicitors’ property centres to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission indicated that the Restrictive Practices Court had ‘cleared’ the centres. This is not the case. The court did not consider whether the restrictions in the agreements concerning the Aberdeen and Edinburgh centres were […]

All change on the form front

Last month, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association applied for judicial review of the new rules over immigration applicants. The move prompted the Home Office to undertake its current review of the relevant rules and forms. The reason for the association’s application lies in the history of the rule changes. On 2 April 1996, the Home […]

Litigation Writs 02/07/96

The owners of industrial units in Croydon which were destroyed in a £1 million blaze have launched a High Court damages claim. Multibright is suing John Mason International, of Liverpool. It claims the September 1993 fire started in two skips filled with crates and pallets which were the responsibility of John Mason. Writ was issued […]

Sounding out global opinion

REGARDING last week’s story “Euro Bars stand firm on MDPs”, during its spring council meeting, the International Bar Association voted to establish an ad hoc committee on multi-discipline practices. The remit of the committee was to devise from scratch a global IBA strategy regarding such practices. It is intended that the committee will report regularly […]

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