December 20

At first of Meadowbrook open houses, details of plan concept emerge

first_imgRepresentatives of VanTrust encouraged community members to walk the Meadowbrook property during Tuesday’s open house to help spark ideas for the development.Representatives of VanTrust, Prairie Village and Johnson County on Tuesday began to fill in the broadstroke outlines of the plan to bring an 88-acre park and mixed-residential development to the Meadowbrook Country Club property with a palette of possibilities.Register to continuelast_img

September 28

Compliance rate improves among legal aid firms

first_imgThe government has been urged to go easy on firms that make minor contractual errors after the Legal Aid Agency praised solicitors for their significantly improved compliance.John Sirodcar, the agency’s head of contract management, told the Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference in London today that the agency issued 20% fewer contract notices last year. Notices may be issued after an audit, requiring a firm to make significant performance improvements in the highlighted area of work over the next six months. The agency issued 50% fewer contract sanctions last year and terminated 50% fewer contracts.‘You as a profession are much more compliant,’ Sirodcar said. However, the agency still has ‘deep concerns’ about a ‘number’ of firms.Sirodcar said: ‘Our job is to bottle those out, work with firms [and] either they exit the market or become compliant. We need to get the balance right. We are continually trying to find better ways of doing so.’However, Nicola Mackintosh QC, sole principal of London firm Mackintosh Law, urged Sirodcar to have a ‘reasonable and proportionate process’ in relation to compliance. Mackintosh said: ‘Will you work with us to try to improve the criteria for issuing notices? Not focus on those firms who are doing very well at what they do but, maybe from time to time, miss out that one item of paper for a claim? Those are the firms where issuing a contract notice is disproportionate and causes anxiety and erodes the trust we have in you.’Sirodcar acknowledged a ‘growing feeling’ that the issuing of contract notices is excessive, but warned the conference that consistency and discretion can be ‘tricky’.Meanwhile, Jane Harbottle, head of civil legal aid and head of criminal casework at the agency, told the conference that the agency is working on moving its controversial client and cost management system ‘to a more stable platform and put it in some cloud-based IT system’. Moving to a cloud-based system will enable the agency to make changes internally rather than outsource the work to external contractors. Last year 255 changes were made to the system, the conference heard.last_img read more

December 28

Chelsea face losing Hazard AND Costa… and mammoth £200m bill to replace them

first_img1 Hazard is wanted by Real Madrid and Costa could head for the big money in China Chelsea face losing both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa this summer, leaving the club with the massive task of replacing two of their most influential players. Hazard has been back to his world-class best this season and Costa has scored 18 goals in all competitions with the Blues looking on course to land their fifth Premier League crown.Real Madrid are increasingly confident of landing Hazard this summer and Costa has confided to friends that he is sick of the English weather, according to The Sun. The cost of replacing the pair could be as much as £200million.Real are poised to dip into the market to land their latest Galactico as part of president Florentio Perez’s re-election plans. And Costa can choose between returning to Spain or heading to China – where he could easily earn a massive payrise on his current £185,000-a-week wages.last_img read more