Articles and Updates

Welcome to the first social housing newsbite in a new series of informative commentary pieces, on legal updates and economic issues that will be affecting registered providers.

In your first edition, James Clark, our associate in planning, comments on the quashing of national policy exempting small developments and vacant buildings from providing affordable housing and paying financial contributions.

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Welcome to the July edition of our Technology E-bulletin.

This month has seen a number of proposals for change in the employment world.

Welcome to the July edition of our IP and Rights Management bulletin. In this edition we discuss the recent IPEC ruling on use of community trade marks in only one member state, the effect on IP and contractual rights from new live video streaming apps, the decision by the High Court that the new 'private copying' exception to copyright should be overturned and corporation tax relief for companies that write off amounts spent acquiring goodwill or unregistered trade marks.

The Court of Appeal has awarded a woman one third of her mother's estate, although she had been estranged from her mother for 26 years and her mother had stated in her will that she did not wish to make any provision for her daughter. 

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "Act") comes into force on 1st October 2015. The Act consolidates and reforms previous consumer rights legislation and remedies in respect of three main categories being goods, services and digital content.

We have set out a brief overview of the key changes and how these could affect retailers below. However, the salient message is that retailers who sell to consumers should carry out a full review of their sale-related processes, policies and terms and conditions (whether these relate to physical or online sales) ("Ts&Cs"), to ensure that they are prepared for and able to comply with the new requirements when they come into effect.

Shortly before the summer recess, the justice minister announced an increase in the court fee to issue a divorce petition.  From later this year, the current fee of £410 will increase to £550.

Tags: Jessica PittSenior AssociateWealth and Succession2015

The Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 ("AHA) covers agricultural tenancies where the tenancy started before 1 September 1995. The arbitration provisions of the AHA have long been seen as a costly and slow mechanism for resolving disputes which arise between a landlord and tenant. Recent changes bring with them the new possibility of a landlord and tenant seeking to resolve issues through third party determination.

Tags: Edward VenmoreAgriculture2015

Following the Chancellor's unveiling of his Summer Budget – our planning experts summarise the changes to the planning system and the key points that developers need to be aware of.

Tags: PlanningReal Estate2015