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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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Capital markets experts braced for cuts

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Juniors worth employing

Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them. Again it is 11 King’s Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is “very highly thought of”, particularly on discrimination matters. On the “flamboyant” side is Jonathan Swift who, with his “bizarre shirts”, is a bit of a showman but is […]

Chambers must look to recruitment

Observers and leading members of the Bar are failing to address key issues, writes Stephen Graham. Stephen Graham is chairman of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings. Last Wednesday at the Inner Temple Hall, accountants and marketing consultants BDO Stoy Hayward presented their Report on Survey of Barristers’ Chambers. […]

In brief: Barnet County Court appoints circuit judge

John Adams, former Registrar of Civil Appeals, has been appointed circuit judge at Barnet County Court. Adams has played a key role in shaping the Court of Civil Appeal since the creation of the Civil Appeals Office in 1982. Prior to that, the day-to-day administration of the Civil Appeal courts was carried out through the […]

Stuck in the middle and blue

While the big firms cream off the profits, medium-sized rivals feel the pinch of a shrinking market. Martyn Robertson and Fiona Westwood outline some practical solutions. Martyn Robertson is an accountant and Fiona Westwood is a solicitor at Glasgow-based management and training consultants Robertson Westwood. Look at the figures in the latest Scottish Law Directory […]

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