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Temporary possession – new Act

The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 includes new powers of ‘temporary ...

Financial remedies – settlements

W made her acceptance of the terms of a financial settlement conditional on H having made full and frank disclosure of all his assets at the time, the Court of Appeal has ruled. H’s failure ...

Immigration skills – charge

The immigration skills charge came into effect on 6 April 2017, and is levied on employers that employ migrants in skilled roles. It is designed to cut down on the number of businesses taking on ...

Mediation – confidential costs

Generally, documents used in mediation are covered by without prejudice privilege, and thus cannot be used as evidence outside the mediation process. Moreover, the mediation agreement will typically contain confidentiality provisions (ie the parties agree ...

Trade marks – lack of use

All registered trade marks must be put to genuine commercial use within a defined period from the registration date (usually three or five years). If this has not happened, and there is no good reason ...

Court of Protection – advance decisions

An advance decision is an important tool and should be discussed with as much regularity as wills and LPAs for anyone involved in estate planning. The author of this useful article questions whether the heartache ...

Airbnb – breach of lease

There has been much publicity about the UT decision on whether a long-lease T can do short-term holiday lets (eg Airbnb). The outcome is that, in most instances, such lettings will be in breach of ...

Procedure – SFO interviews

Recent SFO guidance has given rise to a new Law Society practice note, Representing clients at section 2 CJA interviews. The SFO has published revised Operational guidance – presence of interviewee’s legal adviser at a ...

‘The file’ – guidance

The Law Society has published new guidance on what a solicitor should do when a client requests a copy of the file. Needless to say, some documents will belong to the solicitors, and those do ...

ID – LR guidance

The LR has updated PG 67 (evidence of identity – ...

Contrib – lethal weapon?

The ‘lethal weapon’ principle applies when a defendant is in control of something that has obvious potential to cause serious harm. The classic example is the claimant cyclist and the defendant HGV driver. In a ...

Equity – exoneration

The ‘equity of exoneration’ is a 19th century common law doctrine, which is still of important modern ...


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