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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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CEDR founder returns for three-month secondment

LOVELL White Durrant’s former joint managing partner Charles Dodson is being seconded to the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR). Dodson, who set up Lovell’s Chicago office this summer, will spend around three months with the leading ADR (alternative dispute resolution) body he helped found five years ago. Karl Mackie, CEDR chief executive, said the centre […]

Bar takes up gauntlet of Woolf reforms

CIVIL reformer Lord Woolf gets top billing at this year’s Bar Council conference and will lead an open forum on “effective justice”. Woolf, who will reveal his second set of conclusions on reforms to the civil justice system next year, will also give the keynote address at the 30 September event. A Bar spokesman said […]

Courts gear up to fight fines plan

THE HIGH Court has granted magistrates committees leave to judicially review the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor over the transfer of police enforcement duties. The action is being taken by the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees (CCMCC), an organisation which represents the 105 Magistrates Courts Committees around the country. Duncan Webster, general secretary of […]

Flotations

Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Hill Samuel Bank on the flotation of Benicia Ports. Benicia was advised by Baker & McKenzie in the UK and Peter Asitz and Michael Midda

Housing debate goes into Web cyberspace

DEBATE over the proposed Housing Bill will take place in cyberspace with the launch of its very own Internet site on the World Wide Web. The Law Centres Federation and the Housing Centre, a London charity, have combined with Ferret Information Systems in a new venture to use the Internet as a universal lobbying tool. […]

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