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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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IBA representatives and Bar leaders from 14 African countries met with South African president Nelson Mandela on the eve of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in New Zealand. Mandela, who cancelled plans to deliver the IBA Section on Business Law’s 25th anniversary lecture to attend the conference, met with representatives including IBA president […]

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To be reviewed next year after claims of human rights violations, the Act is likely to take a new line on the courts martial system. The review will be conducted by a Commons Select Committee and, although courts martial are unlikely to be made defunct, it is accepted reform is needed. The procedure under which […]

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A row between whisky manufacturers William Grant and Sons and Lloyd’s underwriters is heading for the High Court. Grants is seeking damages after losing almost £2 million on a contract to ship whisky to Iraq. After it shipped whisky worth £1,400,950 to Iraq in 1988, the Revolutionary Command Council of the Republic of Iraq banned […]

Caution over complaints

I do hope members of the Bar will think carefully before following the advice of Ronald Thwaites QC (The Lawyer 7 November 1995) that they should vote against the Bar Council’s complaints system at the extraordinary general meeting on 21 November. As I have pointed out in my last three annual reports, the Bar’s present […]

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