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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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Foreign lawyers allowed to practise in NSW after test

The New South Wales Legal Practitioner’s Admission Board has approved changes which will allow foreign lawyers to practise in the state. All foreign applicants will still need to study Australian constitutional law and legal ethics, but their legal experience will exempt them from other exams. Under current rules, English solicitors seeking admission must sit up […]

Task force to draw up kite mark criteria for all legal services

A task force made up of advice and funding groups such as the Legal Aid Board and Law Centres Federation is about to begin work on drawing up a kite mark standard for all legal services agencies The Lord Chancellor’s Department’s plan – which is outlined in the Government’s White Paper, Modernising Justice – is […]

Alstrom seeks award from BA

A dispute over the contract for installation of a cargo handling system at Heathrow Airport is heading for the High Court. British Airways is being sued by Alstrom UK and Alstrom Automation for alleged breach of contract. Alstrom claim it was contracted to design, supervise and install the system at Heathrow, but that BA repudiated […]

Litigation Personal Injury 25/01/99

Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Nick Conway on 0171 970 4803. Mabb v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Nicholas Chambers QC) 18 January 1999 Plaintiff: Male, single, 21 years old at date of accident; 29 years old at date of trial. Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: The plaintiff was travelling as a front […]

Miners record compensation win showcases Woolf reforms

Irwin Mitchell’s record victory for miners suffering from Vibration White Finger is believed to be the first post-litigation compensation scheme to be approved by a UK court. In an example of case management which is likely to become the norm under the Woolf reforms – the judge led negotiations after the final appeal – a […]

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