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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 Lawyer Inquiry: Sarah Simpson

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Health care rights

The Council of Europe, the umbrella organisation containing the European Court of Human Rights, publishes The human rights, ethical and moral dimensions of health care, in June. It aims to be a guide to the rights of patients, patients’ families, doctors, nurses and carers, through precedents set in 120 case studies.

In brief: Law Soc assured over crime and disorder

The Law Society has welcomed assurances from Home Office minister Alun Michael that its concerns about the Crime & Disorder Bill will be addressed. In particular, the society is pleased that the Government is considering introducing a new two-stage process for granting legal aid for defendants facing indictable only charges, which will mean that they […]

Law Soc aims to help firms boost profitability with best practice advice

An initiative aimed at helping firms to improve their profitability by using up-to-date practice management systems was launched by the Law Society last week. A 65-page booklet – Cashflow and improved financial management: A self-help guide for solicitors – is being sent out free to all firms with fewer than 10 partners (approximately 9,500 practices). […]

Customs drops charges in butter fraud case

Customs & Excise has dropped all criminal charges in the largest ever European fraud case, apparently blaming the investigator formerly in charge of the case. But the lawyer defending the charges, Neil Gerrard, of Dibb Lupton Alsop, said: “I believe there are other reasons which they just haven’t told us yet.” Gerrard and his counsel […]

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