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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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Peter Dickerson asks whether expert evidence is understood

Those of us who have acted for defendants in recent serious fraud trials may be thankful for the jury system. However, continued reliance on 12 men and women taken from the Clapham omnibus to redeem outmoded and inefficient legal processes is only a long-stop solution, albeit one that should not be removed unless a more […]

Back to desk for gaffe MP

TO RESIGN over one embarrassment may be regarded as a misfortune. To resign twice looks like carelessness. So Wilde might have counselled Patrick Nicholls, solicitor MP for Teignbridge and until last week a Conservative party vice-chairman, whose maladroit observations of the French and Germans meant, he would again be ‘spending more time with his family.’ […]

Budget will scupper partners' tax schemes

BUDGET tax avoidance measures to be announced this week will heavily penalise partnerships if they attempt to manipulate their accounts during the 1996-97 assessment changeover. Berwin Leighton tax partner Ron Downhill says the big warning to all partnerships will be: if in doubt, don’t do it. “There will be a penalty which will be more […]

Widening fees gulf divides firms

THE RICH are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer among law firms, latest figures reveal. But Law Society analysts rule out pessimistic predictions which claim that large numbers of firms will soon go under. Instead, forecasts suggest that the profession will continue to grow, although profits will be cut back and some firms […]

Opportunity knocks

You could be forgiven for thinking that the outlook for most law firms was bleak. However, research by Lambda Consultancy, involving 112 law firms and 320 clients, suggests there is plenty of opportunity for the enterprising law firm. Almost 90 per cent of solicitors’ clients interviewed said their solicitors did not market their firms’ services […]

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