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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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Daly v Cambridge Health Authority QBD 26 January 1998 Claimant: Adam Daly, 27 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant suffered severe brain damage when an ambulance collided with his car on the A142 near Witcham, Cambridgeshire, in March 1994. Before accident claimant was fit, with good job prospects. After spending months in a vegetative state […]

Accountancy Survey. Accounting for the accountants

A survey has revealed that accountants are not delivering the services law firms want. The fourth annual survey by The Lawyer and chartered accountancy firm Baker Tilly makes depressing reading for accountants. Despite accountants’ marketing, brochures and stated commitment to client service, many solicitors remain dissatisfied. Quotes such as “they could show basic interest in […]

Management: Scotland. Scottish practice needs fresh approach

Many Scottish firms are in commercial trouble. Their decline can not only be halted, but with some fresh ideas, can be turned around, says Fiona Westwood. Fiona Westwood is a partner at management consultancy Robertson Westwood. Scots are known throughout the world for their inventiveness and commercialism, yet the Scottish legal market is showing all […]

Gardening leave must be in contract

A Court of Appeal ruling made last week means that companies can no longer assume that they can enforce gardening leave if the term is not in their employment contracts. Steve Tucker, a bookmaker, resigned from William Hill to go to a rival company, but was told he had to stay at home during his […]

Making the SIF figures add up

THE LAW Society and the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) have reacted furiously to last week’s claim by The Lawyer that a table attached to the society’s indemnity insurance consultation paper is flawed. Most firms on the table would do better sticking with SIF rather than insuring on the open market. We believe the figures are […]

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