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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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Law Soc gears up for reform debate

THE TABLES could be turned on Martin Mears this week as the man who has persistently described himself as radical tries to stem pressure for wholesale constitutional reform. In a ‘President’s Paper’ outlining his objectives for the year which is to be debated by the Law Society council on Thursday, the new president says major […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/09/95

JOHN FRANKLIN RICE, admitted 1978, practised in partnership with Breeze & Wyles Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, struck off and ordered to pay £4,524 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client funds for purposes of other clients and himself and misappropriated client funds. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report of December 1992 revealed serious misuse of client […]

Who holds sway at the ECJ?

The number of suggestions to negotiators of next year’s Inter-Governmental conference (IGC) on the revision of the Maastricht Treaty on European Union (TEU) is increasing, and among them are strong calls for the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) powers to be curtailed. While all recognise its great contribution to the development of a mature and […]

Beyond the call of duty

While the legal profession develops and changes, there is an individual who is an important, yet frequently under-utilised resource. Legal secretaries have had to adapt rapidly to change over the past decade as a result of technology, national economics and working procedures. Although it is accepted that all lawyers will have to obtain some level […]

An Impeteus for change

The papers for the Law Society Council meeting on 21 September include my paper What is wrong with the Law Society? What are we going to do about it? – backed up by two resolutions urging a programme of action. One resolution proposes a review of the way in which the society is organised with […]

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