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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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The man who was last week named assistant solicitor of the year received almost 600 job rejection letters, including one from a magic circle firm telling him: “You must be joking”, before finally landing a training contract. Owen Williams was judged the UK’s best assistant in The Lawyer’s Fifth Annual Awards by a panel of […]

Legal institute rejects funding warning

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pushing ahead with expansion plans despite warnings from a review committee that it risks “gradual decline” unless it can source substantial new funding. The London-based institute – partly funded by City law firms – has been told to find new sources of income. The committee’s report says rapid […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board's

The Legal Aid Board’s annual report shows gross payments rose during 1998/9 to £1.73bn from £1.67bn in the previous 12 months. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the figure will continue to rise because of “all the work in the system”. Invitations to bid for contracts go out this week and have to be returned by […]

City firms fight to save troubled football clubs

Wilde Sapte, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Lawrence Graham are battling against the clock to try and save three football clubs from going to the wall. Crystal Palace, Luton and Portsmouth have all gone into receivership and any rescue package has to be completed within the next few weeks to beat the 31 July deadline set […]

Zurich Commercial slashes legal panel from 100 to 1

Zurich Commercial has finally revealed its streamlined panel after cutting its legal advisers from 100 to just 16 firms. The 16 that have been retained by Zurich Commercial, which is a combination of merged insurers Eagle Star and Zurich, will be split into three groups. Those firms on the Zurich Commercial panel only are Davies […]

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