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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 City of London Law Society is seeking funds to appoint a public relations officer for the first time in its history. The society’s ruling committee decided last month to see if big City firms are prepared to contribute to the cost of a PR officer. Anthony Pugh-Thomas, chairman of the committee, and William King, […]

Cornish & Co sets up shop in Marbella

A two-partner London firm has set up a Marbella office a year after joining forces with a group of lawyers in Gibraltar. Ilford-based Cornish & Co hopes to tap into the large expatriate community in southern Spain by providing private and commercial client services. Pilar Rodriguez, who has experience in private and commercial law in […]

Linetime seminars

Linetime is holding one-to-one seminars on the impact of IT on practice management. Delegates may concentrate on issues affecting their practice or request specific advice on Linetime products. The first two seminars are in Manchester and Liverpool, on 23 and 24 October respectively. Call Rachel Rowling on 0113 250 0020.

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Information technology played a critical role in Baker & McKenzie’s recent representation of a respondent in an international arbitration hearing. Part of the discovery event ually squeezed from the claimants was a ticket sales database which recorded important information about their sales activities. The database was disclosed in an unwieldy DOS format. We used Microsoft […]

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