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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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In brief: Course for redundant professionals

City University is holding a course for professionals who were made redundant during the recession. ‘Fresh options: a self-assessment programme for professionals’, running for four days between 15 March and 15 April, is designed for “highly qualified and experienced people” who want to move back into the workforce. The university says all the participants will […]

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I was somewhat vexed by Brian Ellingsworth’s letter in 12 March issue of The Lawyer which inferred that, in private practice, solicitors merely tell their clients they cannot do something, instead of identifying their objectives and finding a way they can be achieved. When approached by a client, there are always three questions I ask: […]

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The last thing a junior barrister wants is a new wig. “The darker and older looking the better,” says Jonathan Hill, sales consultant in the legal department clothing at Thresher and Glenny. Unlike the rest of a barristers’ apparel, the state of the wig is not judged by how clean it looks but how aged […]

In brief: Dibbs unveils new local government unit

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has set up a new local government unit under the leadership of commercial group partner Tony Randle. The unit already advises local authority clients including Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and West Sussex county councils, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the London Borough of Croydon. It has launched a regular newsletter called Futures […]

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