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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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Surprise move by Japanese Bar

Confusion reigns over an announcement by a leading Japanese lawyer at the IBA conference that foreign lawyers would be allowed to enter partnerships with Japanese lawyers. A Nichibenren (the Justice Ministry and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations) review on liberalising the rules concerning foreign lawyers was completed last month, and initial reports suggested that […]

In brief: Hoon hints at review of N Ireland legal aid

Geoff Hoon, Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, said the Government would probably be conducting a review of legal aid and civil justice in Northern Ireland “with a view to bringing forward similar proposals” to those for England and Wales, at the Legal Action Group (LAG) conference in London last week.

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The Government’s drive to speed up criminal justice may lead to more miscarriages of justice, Law Society president Phillip Sycamore told the International Bar Conference on Thursday. “There are disturbing signs that saving money rather than securing justice is in danger of emerging as the driving force behind moves to speed up our justice system,” […]

In brief: Alleged legal aid fraud conspirators bailed

Ten current or former legal executives of West Country solicitor Timothy Robinson, all charged with conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Board by dishonestly submitting various legal aid forms, have been bailed to appear in court with him on 22 December at Stroud following a three-year SFO investigation.

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