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Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development policy and any other material considerations. When an application...
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The Assisted Dying Bill was recently debated in the House of Lords and appears to have a better chance of becoming law than three similar Bills introduced into Parliament in the last decade. The latest Bill is the response to a 2012 report from the...
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When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a very long period of time, a challenge to her will was always likely. The nephew claimed that the woman had promised to leave...
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The High Court has lamented the expenditure of almost £1 million in legal costs by a warring ex-couple whose acrimonious divorce had descended into a murky world of lies, private detectives, hidden assets and mutual accusations of skulduggery and...
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Many court battles arise because of a lack of clarity in documentation which leaves an agreement capable of being interpreted in more than one way. A recent case , which involved a landowner's access to his property, illustrates this point. The conveyance...
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When an organisation fails to follow its own rules, the result can be the nullification of decisions taken and, in appropriate circumstances, those who have transgressed the rules can be liable for their mistakes. Recently, the Court of Appeal was called...
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The creation of a power of attorney is a good way of making sure that your affairs are dealt with by a responsible person if you are unable to manage them yourself. However, when the choice of attorney is a poor one, many difficulties can arise, as a recent...
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The owner of a listed home has avoided a hefty VAT bill in respect of the construction of a garage to house his classic car collection after the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) accepted that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had erred and that the project should...
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In general, a landowner does not owe a duty of care to people who voluntarily take risks while on the landowner's property. However, a recent case in the Court of Appeal has illustrated that this may not be the case if the landowner puts themselves in a...
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When cohabitants with children break up, the legal responsibilities of the parents as regards the children are governed by the Children Act 1989 . If amicable arrangements as regards the children cannot be made, the Family Court will rule on matters such...