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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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Bar concedes defeat over dual role

THE Bar Council has had to admit it cannot force barristers to disbar if they qualify as solicitors. The Bar Council’s hand was forced after barrister Sally Hughes began practising as a solicitor last year and refused to voluntarily disbar, the usual practice for barristers becoming solicitors. The Bar sought counsel’s opinion and was advised […]

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Islington claims test case triumph

Robert Lindsay Islington Council is celebrating a landmark House of Lords victory over interest swaps which will see it receive a refund of about £500,000. The Lords last month overturned a 1993 High Court judgment which forced the council to pay compound interest on money received under a swaps agreement with Westdeutsche Landesbank. The ruling […]

In brief: LAPG takes on executive administrator

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group has appointed Anthea Batty as its new executive administrator. Batty, who has extensive experience of executive administration in the public and professional sectors, will be leaving the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives where she was executive officer. Batty will replace Hazel Davies who is leaving the LAPG after 11 […]

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