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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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Copyright agency targets practices

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is targeting 500 leading law firms with details of its business licensing service to encourage them to comply with the requirements of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Roger Bull, business licensing officer at the CLA, says: “The legal profession cannot plead ignorance of the law as businesses of […]

Making the most of interactive training

Legal training has not been subject to the same onslaught from information technology as other aspects of the business. While computer graphics are occasionally brought in to jazz up presentations, the tired trinity of presenter, flip chart and slide projector persists. Now we have an alternative for legal training in the development of interactive compact […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shoosmiths shuts London office

SHOOSMITHS & Harrison is to close its London office in February to concentrate solely on business in the provinces. The firm will retain its six regional offices, including the Northampton base, and staff in London are currently discussing future plans with management. Managing partner John Peet says the closure could see members of the London […]

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