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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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And Who's Who in Fraud?

Tenacious and often media targets, top fraud lawyers command respect from all sides, discovers Grania Langdon-Down Fraud lawyers need to be tenacious, prepared to stay the distance in a long campaign, and courageous in defending clients who are often portrayed by the press as public enemy number one. So say two specialists in white collar […]

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John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who conducted his own defence against a libel action has accused the barrister and solicitors who acted for the plaintiffs of unethical conduct. Peter Cotterell has filed formal complaints to both the Bar Council and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau after the action against him was discontinued shortly before it was […]

In brief: Morale is low in magistrates' courts

Government inspectors have highlighted poor staff morale in an official report on a county magistrates’ court network. HM Magistrates’ Courts Service Inspectorate published the report after visiting the courts’ committee in Cheshire. It said the courts “run the risk of losing good staff” and made a number of recommendations to improve the service.

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