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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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Exchange barristers take both sides on Morecambe Bay litigation

Exchange Chambers has won instructions on both sides of the forthcoming criminal trial over the deaths of 21 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay last year. The North West set, which has chambers in Liverpool and Manchester, has silks and juniors acting for both prosecution and defence in the lengthy trial, due to start in […]

Appraisals: friend, not foe

Poor appraisals are more than just a waste of time – they’re a missed opportunity. By Nick Jefferson Ask any partner what they think of appraisals and their response is likely to be a ‘harrumph’ at best. Appraisals are seen as deeply bureaucratic and as having the capacity to take up large quantities of partners’ […]

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The Government’s corporate manslaughter proposals are to be applauded – now for the rest In late March the Home Office published its long-awaited reform proposals for corporate manslaughter and invited responses by June. The tone is measured and in marked contrast to some of the excoriating language within previous consultations. Clearly, much thought has now […]

Treasury Solicitor’s Office launches two panels amid services overhaul

The Treasury Solicitor’s Office has unveiled two new legal panels as it reviews the way it provides services to clients. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (6 March), both panels will run for three years initially. The Lit Cat (Litigation Catalogue) panel focuses on debt recovery, following the closure of the Treasury Solicitor’s own debt recovery […]

Barrister found liable for £167K overcharge

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. Alastair Kelman, a barrister who […]

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