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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: Top job open for review commission

Advertising has begun for the post of chair for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the new body set up by the Government to consider alleged miscarriages of justice. The commission will take over the functions of the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, investigating possible miscarriages in criminal cases and referring […]

City firms set their sights on advocacy

CITY firms are gearing themselves up to take on the Bar in the higher courts. That was the conclusion drawn by Young Solicitors Group chair Lucy Winskell after an open meeting to encourage more solicitors to apply for rights of audience. She said around one third of the audience at the meeting at Chancery Lane […]

Group actions finally face up to the winds of change

The past few months have seen a variety of often contradictory proposals about changing group actions to make them more cost effective. The main suggestions come from the Lord Chancellor’s Green Paper, Legal Aid – Targeting Need, Lord Woolf’s proposals, and the report by the working party of the Law Society examining group actions. Lord […]

Fighting over the name game

Most litigation involves navigating turbulent waters. But those waters are seldom more turbulent than in a current ‘what’s-in-a-name’ battle which promises to establish precedents in trademark law. When the case recently reached court and an interlocutory judgment was given for a pending High Court battle between two leading opinion poll organisations, Mr Justice Robert Walker […]

Consenting to the scalpel

Roger Pearson A RECENT out-of-court settlement, rumoured to be five figures, has prompted renewed calls from pressure groups for the law regarding medical treatment to be tightened up. Frances Henton went into hospital for the removal of an ovarian cyst and came to after the operation to find she had undergone an abdominal hysterectomy to […]

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