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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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Accident panel gets sole access to fees insurance

NON-MEMBERS of the Law Society’s Accident Line panel of lawyers will effectively be barred from taking on conditional fee cases, it has emerged. Vital insurance cover, to be launched by the society when the new regulations have cleared their final parliamentary hurdle, will only be available to Accident Line members taking personal injury cases. New […]

Flotations

Exco was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp on its u215.5 million flotation

Commission report slams civil court pay-out delays

CIVIL court delays compound the sense of unfairness felt by accident victims and add to their financial and emotional hardship, according to a new report. A Law Commission study reveals that damages awarded in personal injury cases are often too low to compensate for their long-term financial and physical suffering. It also confirms that there […]

Wirral firm celebrates 75th anniversary

Wirral law firm Percy Hughes & Roberts has completed a major refurbishment of its offices to coincide with its 75th anniversary celebrations. Former solicitor and celebrity Willie Rushton attended a reception to mark the occasion. Senior partner Peter Johnson says: “We wanted to take this opportunity of a landmark in our history to refurbish our […]

Lupton Fawcett's new managing partner

Leeds-based Lupton Fawcett has announced the appointment of Kevin Emsley as its managing partner. Emsley takes over from John Norris, who led the firm for the past seven years. Norris will continue on the executive board and will concentrate on his new role as head of the specialist business services department. The firm has also […]

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