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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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Rowe & Maw loses star player to Macfarlanes

Leading London construction lawyer Tony Blackler has joined Macfarlanes from Rowe & Maw, to help the firm build up a construction practice. At the same time Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s construction head, Robert Oakes, has been recruited by Manches & Co for the same purpose. Blackler’s departure comes as a blow to Rowe & Maw […]

Napier set to lead election challenge

Two of the Law Society’s heavyweights, Michael Napier and David McIntosh, are understood to be poised to run for office in this summer’s presidential elections. Although no formal announcement has been made, The Lawyer understands that Napier, senior partner at Irwin Mitchell, will stand against Michael Mathews for the presidency and McIntosh, senior partner with […]

Merger leads to Bedfordshire's biggest firm

Bedfordshire commercial firms Gareth Woodfine & Partners and Batcheldors have merged to create the largest firm in the county. The new practice, Woodfine Batcheldor, will have 16 partners and 43 other fee earners. Senior partner at the merged firm Nicolas Davies said that it was now in a position to expand into other markets. He […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/04/98

Conditional fee agreements in arbitrations not champertous Bevan Ashford v Geoff Yeandle (Contractors) Ltd (in liquidation) (1998) ChD (Sir Richard Scott V-C) 8/4/9In the context of an application by Originating Summons, the respondent firm, a company in liquidation, had a substantial claim available in arbitration proceedings, but no resources to finance those proceedings. The liquidator […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Charles Hattersley

Charles Hattersley was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1949. He is a partner and head of the marine department at Foot & Bowden in Plymouth. What was your first job? Lumberjack. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £6,000 per annum. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Chief […]

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