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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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On 23 June the results of the qualified lawyers transfer test were published, giving the names of those already qualified lawyers who have successfully met the Law Society’s requirements in passing further tests to become solicitors. Those from foreign jurisdictions will then gain an additional qualification, whereas the barristers qualified in England might well be […]

Practice split will bypass division

East Anglian firm Birkett Westhorp & Long has denied that a split into two separate practices will affect the operations of its recently established financial services division. The Ipswich-based firm is to split from its Essex operation in June five years after merger. The Ipswich firm will remain with 24 partners, while the Colchester firm […]

Chinese ban forces ABA to cancel event

A conference in Beijing and Shanghai organised by the American Bar Association and the All China Lawyers’ Association has been cancelled after an edict from the Chinese Government banned international conferences in banking, finance and law. The conference entitled ‘The role of lawyers in the creation of a market economy in China’ was due to […]

In brief: Goldsmith attacks CPS over Treasury bill

Chair of the Bar Peter Goldsmith has strongly criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to check the details of Treasury Council remuneration prior to briefing the Attorney General. Sir Nicholas Lyell was forced to retract his claims that two Treasury counsel earned more than £400,000, one of whom earned more than £500,000 per […]

Motorola's one-stop on to Internet

Motorola has developed an all-in-one Internet system for easy access to the information superhighway. The system, known as the Internet Solution, provides a modem, cabling and software in a single box and provides access to the full range of Internet services, including: email; browsing business, and entertainment information; access to and use of information stored […]

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