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C Ya! MEES Changes for Residential Rental Property Kicked Into the Long Grass

Posted on 21st September 2023 in Property Litigation

Whatever your views on the wisdom, or otherwise, of the Prime Minister’s announcement this week to row back from a raft of ‘green’ measures which had been designed to help the country meet its Net Zero targets, one group who may be breathing a sigh of relief are residential landlords.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Meningitis Awareness for University and College Students

Posted on 19th September 2023 in Medical Negligence

As fresh-faced university and college students excitedly either start their new journey or return to continue with their studies following the summer break, families, charities, and healthcare professionals are raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. 

Posted by

Helena Campbell

Associate & Chartered Legal Executive

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Worker Protection Bill Update - Third Party Harassment Provisions Removed

Posted on 19th September 2023 in Employment

Earlier this year, the government announced that they would be supporting the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill (“The Bill”). The Bill aimed to strengthen the existing worker protection laws outlined in the Equality Act 2010. It comes as a response to growing concerns about the rights and well-being of workers in various industries.

Posted by

Mai Mbye

Solicitor

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What Amendments Can I Make to My Planning Permission Under Section 73?

Posted on 18th September 2023 in Planning and Licensing

Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (the “1990 Act”) can be an extremely useful tool to developers, enabling them to seek variations to a planning permission without the need to submit a new full planning application. However, the scope of variations permitted under Section 73 is limited and has been widely discussed by the courts since it came into force.

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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World Sepsis Day 2023 and “Martha’s Rule”

Posted on 13th September 2023 in Medical Negligence

World Sepsis Day is held on 13 September 2023, aiming to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this devastating illness. sepsis is a life-threatening condition on the background of an infection, which overwhelms the tissues and organs in the body. 

Posted by

Helena Campbell

Associate & Chartered Legal Executive

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Carry on Camping (but not everywhere….)

Posted on 10th September 2023 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Property Litigation

The right to wild camp on Dartmoor has been allowed under local law for decades until earlier this year when it was challenged by a local landowner. This insight takes a further look at the case in question where landowners argued that wild camping should not be classed as open-air recreation.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Abandonment of Existing Use of Property

Posted on 07th September 2023 in Planning and Licensing

In an appeal determined in August 2023 the Planning Inspector considered whether the use of a former Oast house had been abandoned. The appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the repair and reinstatement of the four kiln former Oast house was dismissed.

Posted by

Rachael Jones

Solicitor

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What is Cohabitation and Property Ownership?

Posted on 30th August 2023 in Property Litigation, Dispute Resolution

Thinking about buying a house with your partner? Or perhaps you’re considering purchasing property with a friend or family member? Alternatively, you might be planning to move in with someone who already owns a property.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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New process for registering a notice with the Public Trustee

Posted on 25th August 2023 in Affordable Housing

A change has been made to the application process for all applications to the Public Trustee made on and after 29 August 2023.

Posted by

Cory Stephenson

Solicitor

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What happens to the family dog on separation?

Posted on 24th August 2023 in Family Law

Dogs are treated in the same way as personal items and are considered ‘chattels’ in England and Wales, meaning they will be considered an item of personal property and consequently can form part of the overall financial settlement upon separation and divorce.

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Solicitor

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Divorce: The Importance of Full Disclosure

Posted on 17th August 2023 in Family Law

“Full and frank disclosure” is a phrase you might hear during your divorce. It may feel like a hoop you and your spouse have to jump through to get to the other side, but it is vitally important and, in fact, a legal requirement.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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CCTV in Communal Areas

Posted on 17th August 2023 in Dispute Resolution, Affordable Housing

There are certain requirements which need to be complied with to make sure that CCTV is lawful, as there can be potential issues with data protection and privacy with CCTV cameras in communal areas.

Posted by

Paul Stabb

Solicitor