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Young Girl ‘Died of Meningitis’ Just Hours After She Was Sent Home From Hospital

Posted on 07th September 2017 in Medical Negligence

Girl, four, ‘died of meningitis’ just hours after she was sent home from the hospital.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Who Can Inherit When There Isn’t a Will?

Posted on 07th September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

When someone dies intestate, it means that the deceased died without a will, or a will was revoked by an action such as getting married, or physically destroying the will, or the will was invalid.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Case Update: A Lesson for Employers – Suspension for Misconduct is Not a Neutral Act

Posted on 06th September 2017 in Employment

In the recent case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth, the High Court held that the suspension of a teacher to allow for a misconduct investigation was not a neutral act and amounted to a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Inheritance Rights under the Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended

Posted on 06th September 2017 in Parks

A single named owner has passed away and pitch fees amongst other charges are accruing but who do you pursue for the debt?

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Court of Appeal clarifies extent of permitted development rights for agricultural buildings

Posted on 21st August 2017 in Planning and Licensing

The issue in the recent Court of Appeal case of Mansell v Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1314 was whether a local planning authority was right to grant planning permission for the conversion of a large barn to residential use on the basis that this was preferable to the applicant carrying out development under permitted development rights.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Can my registered company name prevent a competitor from using it?

Posted on 16th August 2017 in Intellectual Property

There are some common myths around the ability of a limited company to prevent competitors using its name. Often we are approached by frustrated businesses who have discovered someone else has been using their name but have no registered trade mark. They ask what protection their registered company name offers. Sadly the answer is almost nothing.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Is Business Property Relief (“BPR”) from Inheritance Tax available for Holiday Park Businesses?

Posted on 03rd August 2017 in Parks

Whilst the recent case of Ross v HMRC concerned self-catering holiday properties rather than a park business, the decision of the First Tier Tax Tribunal gives park owners a useful summary of what HMRC will take into account when reaching their decision as to the availability of BPR for holiday park businesses and the factors that may help or hinder their chances of success.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Unregistered Design Rights – 3 Reasons Why They Should Not Be Overlooked

Posted on 31st July 2017 in Intellectual Property

Unregistered design rights (referred to as just ‘design rights’) are a valuable asset which tends to be forgotten. These are just 3 reasons why they should not be overlooked:

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Do grandparents have legal rights to see their grandchildren?

Posted on 14th July 2017 in Family Law

Grandparents do not have any automatic legal rights in respect of their grandchildren but they can seek the court’s permission to make an application for a Child Arrangements Order (“contact”). Before they do this it is highly recommended that grandparents try to make contact with their grandchildren’s parent(s) or guardian(s) to discuss the possibility of regular contact.

Posted by

Mark Williams

Partner and Solicitor

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Council seeks to overturn planning permission it issued in error

Posted on 12th July 2017 in Planning and Licensing

South Cambridgeshire District Council is seeking to overturn planning permission for residential development in the green belt issued in error. 

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Definition of “residential curtilage” clarified by High Court

Posted on 11th July 2017 in Planning and Licensing

The case involved a landowner who had been served with an enforcement notice for erecting a building on land which he claimed to be residential curtilage. 

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Unmarried Couples and the Common Law Myth

Posted on 05th July 2017 in Family Law

Cohabiting couples often assume that living together creates similar rights and responsibilities as marriage. This is often known as a “common law marriage”.  The concept of a common law marriage has no legal validity and in reality moving in with a partner does not give an individual automatic rights to each other’s property, no matter how long a couple has lived together.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive