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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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Lord Hoffmann, whose connections with Amnesty International threatened to throw the Pinochet affair into further chaos. Pinochet’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against a House of Lords decision that Pinochet did not have sovereign immunity, believed to relate to allegations of Hoffmann’s perceived bias. Designers of a futuristic magistrates’ court building in Southampton, whose u13m […]

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The Final Score: The Inside Story of Soccer’s Trial of the Century By Hans Segers, Mel Goldberg and Alan Thatcher Covers the match-fixing trial of footballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers in 1997. Claims to tell the true story behind the headlines. Shadow of a Doubt By Ted Allbeury A former director general […]

All set for tough new regime at the OFT

George Peretz examines the OFT preparations for the impending changes in the competition regulations. George Peretz is a barrister at Monckton Chambers, London. Since the Competition Act was passed last month, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been gearing up for a revolution in competition law. The Director General of Fair Trading, John Bridgeman, […]

LAB to slash firms' duty solicitor work

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is considering halving the amount of duty solicitor rota work available for non-franchised criminal law firms, in a move likely to outrage criminal law solicitors. The Lawyer understands LAB officials are actively considering plans to give firms with criminal legal aid franchises twice the space on duty solicitor rotas for […]

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