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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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Top names rally to charity's cause

AN IMPRESSIVE array of senior legal figures has rallied to the banner of a cash-strapped charity dedicated to finding missing people. Nine lawyer members of the House of Lords have signed up as vice-patrons of a new national appeal being launched by the National Missing Persons Helpline, established three years ago. Among them are Vice-Chancellor […]

In brief: Society condemns small claims move

The Government should have boosted advice provision and allowed more time for district judges to be properly trained before raising the small claims limit in the county courts to £3,000, according to Suzanne Burn, secretary of the Law Society’s civil litigation committee. The Lord Chancellor’s decision not to exempt tenants taking disrepair or illegal eviction […]

Who needs more tests?

The Law Society Working Party on Standards is playing a valuable role in exploring options to ensure professional standards are maintained. However, the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has some concerns about the recent proposals for the introduction of another layer of entry tests to the profession. The maintenance of standards in the profession is in […]

In brief: International law summer school

London Guildhall University is offering courses in English and International Law as part of its 1996 summer school programme. The summer school is open to English and overseas students throughout July and August and includes visits to the Law Courts, the Inns of Court and City institutions.

Conquest broadens family panel

THE INDEPENDENT Family & Mediation Panel will be launched by Conquest Legal Marketing at a series of free seminars in February. Launched exclusively to members of the National Solicitors’ Network in 1995 and now open to non-member firms, the Independent Family & Mediation initiative encourages the use of mediation in the divorce process by supporting […]

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