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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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Mixed results in court campaigns

COURTS campaigners received good and bad news this week. Lawyers in Rugby managed to save their threatened local County Court, but colleagues in York suffered rescheduled criminal hearings because of the lack of Crown Court judges. Rugby lawyers are celebrating after winning a reprieve over Court Service Agency (CSA) plans to shut the County Court […]

Winning the moot points:The Writs Stuff

The Times essay contest The Times is currently running an essay contest on ‘Advocacy – what is the future?’ with over £6,000 in prizes. No more than 1,000 words by 1 December to The Times Law Awards, c/o 1 Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR. Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn Topic […]

Time is ripe for constructive debate

I look forward to discussing the timetabled programme for the review of the Law Society’s attitude and organisation, requested by the council in September; to hearing who has been elected to the working party which will review the society’s activities, as approved by the council in September; most of all, to finding out if the […]

Govt tackles CCT moans

THE GOVERNMENT claims to have addressed complaints that many Tory councils have failed to embrace the spirit of competitive tendering. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford made the claim as his department published new draft guidance on private sector initiatives. He warned that authorities had to take clear responsibility to ensure that their tendering process did […]

Surviving on borrowed time

Whether embarking on an LLB or LPC, starting your articles, buying into a partnership or running your own practice, it is essential for fledgling and established lawyers and solicitors to be able to rely on sensible and constructive financial support throughout their careers. With the erosion of the student grant, it has become essential that […]

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