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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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Partners in Maxwell trial

TITMUSS Sainer & Webb corporate lawyers were misled by Robert and Kevin Maxwell over the debt owed between the Maxwell-related public and private businesses, a jury heard. Partners David Fairfield and David Vogel and managing partner Dick Russell also discovered Robert and Kevin had reneged on a transaction to repay a $40 million debt to […]

Christopher Wilson on the enforcement of legal aid orders

“Plaintiffs’ costs, not to be enforced without leave; legal aid taxation.” This is the standard form of order against a legally-aided litigant but its effect is rarely considered. In Parr v Smith 26 January 1994, the Court of Appeal examined the statutory basis for this order and found two limitations. The first of these is […]

Luxembourg paves way for £20m suit against Government

PUBLIC sector contractors are one step closer to launching a £20 million legal action against the UK Government after a decision in Luxembourg ruled that wrongful implementation of EU directives was actionable. The Advocate General, handing down his opinion on a case over Spanish trawlermen suing the UK Government for the wrongful implementation of EU […]

Debate first, ballot later

Neil Addison argues the Bar Council should have gone straight to a ballot of the membership on the complaints issue. That would not have been the right thing to do because issues need airing in an open meeting before people should be asked to vote. In addition a section of the Bar wanted an extraordinary […]

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