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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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Groups call for 'cowboy' curbs

The Legal Action Group (LAG) and Law Centres Federation (LCF) have called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to extend regulation to cover “cowboy” employment law advisers, who take on contingency fee tribunal cases without being legally qualified. Both organisations want regulations to be included in the legislation which will be announced in this week’s […]

Law Soc guide to advise ethnic minority firms on franchising

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is to assist the Law Society in a last-ditch attempt to help ethnic minority solicitors beat the legal aid reform timetable. Law Society council member for ethnic minority solicitors, Maria Fernandes, formed an informal group of small firms, along with the Law Society and the LAB to address the issue […]

Time to rethink the role of expert witnesses

Mr Justice Dyson’s attack on the inappropriate use of an expert witness is just the latest example of growing disquiet surrounding the expert’s role in litigation. Many expert witnesses seem totally unprepared for the new environment, heralded by the Woolf reforms, that will rely more on written reports than courtroom performance. Mr Justice Dyson was […]

US firm poaches Chadbournes' project head

Los Angeles-based 650-lawyer O’Melveny & Myers has recruited Rigdon Boykin, the former head of project finance at US rival Chadbourne & Parke. Boykin is credited for building Chadbournes’ respected international project finance practice, but he is believed to have fallen out of favour with the firm’s management over the direction of its Hong Kong and […]

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