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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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Blow for Shoosmiths as partners quit

Two partners have quit Shoosmiths & Harrison following a restructuring of its Reading and Southampton offices. Corporate partner Marshall Leopold and commercial property partner John Castell, both from the Reading office, will join Garretts in Reading at the beginning of September. The restructuring, announced last week, has seen the Northampton firm’s two southern offices re-branded […]

Irvine aspires to be 'people's' Lord Chancellor

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine has revealed an apparent desire to emulate the popular touch of Princess Diana by being remembered as a “people’s Lord Chancellor”. In a interview with The Lawyer this week, the man who is spearheading a populist shake up of the legal system says: “I hope at the end of my […]

NYC firm first to Shanghai

US firm Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler is the first New York-headquartered firm to set up in Shanghai. The firm was granted its licence in February.

Nicholas Yell on wives' reliance on an O'Brien defence. Nicholas Yell is a barrister at 1 Serjeants' Inn, the chambers of Edward Faulks QC.

ON 31 July in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justices Stuart-Smith, Millett and Morritt gave a seminal judgm- ent on wives’ entitlement to rely upon Barclays Bank v O’Brien defences, in particular when previously advised by a solicitor (Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge). Eight appeals were considered and the outcome shows the difficulty for […]

Barristers are not corrupt, but must get better organised

Nigel Pascoe QC says most incorrect claims are down to poor organisation and overwork rather than any concerted criminal effort. Nigel Pascoe QC is chairman of the Bar Public Affairs Committee and leader of the Western Circuit. Perception and reality: the double dilemna for all PR spokespeople. Time, then, for some home truths on the […]

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