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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: Hants solicitor new chair of WaterAid

Hampshire solicitor John Isherwood has been named as the new chair of the Council of WaterAid, the UK water and sanitation charity. Isherwood, a consultant with Barker Son & Isherwood is a founder trustee of the body and has served as chair of its overseas committee for more than four years.

Brussels gives green light to European law diploma in UK

THE EUROPEAN Commission has expressed provisional support for plans to educate UK lawyers in European law. Directorate General 15, the commission body responsible for the internal market, last week told the Law Society that it agreed with the objectives of the Solicitors Diploma in European Law, which is expected to start in some teaching institutions […]

Property lawyers furious over 'silly little children' treatment

A BITTER row has broken out over new guidelines for conveyancing firms after property solicitors accused the Law Society of treating them like “silly little children”. The Solicitors’ Property Group says the society imposed its new conveyancing code of practice on them. They claim that they were offered just two weeks to produce a considered […]

Labour courts controversy on MMC plan

LABOUR proposals to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) and to establish multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be thrashed out this weekend at the party’s National Policy Forum. The plans, part of a raft of proposals focusing on legal aid, the judiciary and the legal profession, have already caused debate in […]

Get wired or get lost

As partner in charge of the information technology law practice at Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters, Craig Bradley regularly meets prospective new technology clients. At one recent meeting, Bradley listened attentively as a potential client discussed a desire for access to on-line billing from the firm. But it was when the client mentioned the possibilities of […]

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