Public Sector Equality Duty: Recent useful Guidance

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice & Equality and Human Rights Commission; Coll v Secretary of State for Justice & Equality and Human Rights Commission [2013] EWHC 4077 (Admin) (more…) [...]

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Liverpool CC v John O’Boy

Liverpool CC v John O'Boy, MIDAS Property Management Ltd and Peter Anthony Doherty, 17 December 2013 The first defendant (Mr O’ Boy) was the private owner and landlord of a property comprising 5 flats. He had instructed the second defendant [...]

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Freezing orders in Financial remedy proceedings

The comprehensive judgment of Mostyn J in UL v BK (Freezing Orders: Safeguards: Standard Examples) [2013] EWHC 1735 (Fam) provides essential guidance for any practitioner considering applying for a freezing injunction. (more…) [...]

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Negligent Assessment of Mental Capacity

It is an obvious requirement for a new Will to be valid that the testator, whose Will it is, should not lack mental capacity. The decision in Feltham v. Bouskell [2013] EWHC 1952 (Ch) may give hope to beneficiaries disappointed [...]

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Magdalen Chambers housing team are completing a seminar series.

This shall include the following: (more…) [...]

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Somerset Coastal Access Report Published

MARINE AND COASTAL ACCESS ACT 2009 SOMERSET COASTAL ACCESS REPORT PUBLISHED ACTION REQUIRED BY MIDNIGHT 12TH DECEMBER 2013 (more…) [...]

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Court of Appeal case of RE B-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146.

On 3rd October Christopher Naish represented the mother and Christian Gape represented the Guardian in an appeal in the Court of Appeal (Arden, Ryder and Macur LJJ) in the case of RE Y (Children). (more…) [...]

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Joy Daniell who was senior clerk at Southernhay Chambers

We are very sorry to announce the death of Joy Daniell who was senior clerk at Southernhay Chambers from December 1985 to December 2012. (more…) [...]

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New and Important Change in Planning Law For Homeowners too

Homeowners also have new opportunities under the  new General Development Order to which Gavin Collett has referred in his comments on its  implications for farmers and landowners. (more…) [...]

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Last Minute Wills

It is not uncommon for relatives to take an aged member of the family to a solicitor so that a new will can be executed. The Court of Appeal decision in Hawes v Burgess [2013] EWCA Civ 73 demostrates the [...]

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The New Public Law Outline and the Family Justice Reforms

Introduction The family justice reforms and new Public Law Outline arise from a general agreement amongst practitioners and commentators that the family justice system is failing families. (more…) [...]

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Southernhay Chambers & Rougemont Chambers Merger

We are delighted to announce the merger of Southernhay Chambers and Rougemont Chambers to provide our collective clients with an increased breadth of expertise and create the largest chambers to the south west of Bristol. (more…) [...]

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New and Important Changes In Planning Law For Farmers and Landowners

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” Niccolo Machiavelli (more…) [...]

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Employment Law Changes 2013 – New Rules and Fees!

On 29th July 2013 the Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 come in to force for cases where the claim is sent to the Respondent on or after this date. (more…) [...]

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Employee Shareholders

Recent economic turbulence has caused there to be close scrutiny of the structure of the economy and business organisation generally.  As noted by Norman Lamb MP, who at the time was Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs,‘lessons from [...]

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The Golden Rule

In Key v. Key [2010] WTLR 1699 a solicitor was criticised for failing to observe the so-called 'Golden Rule' in relation to testamentary capacity, while in Wharton v. Bankroft & ors [2011] EWHC 3250 (Ch) similar criticism was considered misplaced. [...]

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Disclosure of Trust Documents in Ancillary Relief

In both Young v. Young and Thursfield v. Thursfield, businessman husbands have been given prison sentences for failing to comply with disclosure orders in claims for ancillary relief. The order against Mr Young related to suspected offshore assets that had [...]

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Environmental Enforcement and Sanctions: criteria for civil and criminal actions

The Government has announced that when considering whether to make Orders under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 to provide a regulator with powers to impose certain civil sanctions as an alternative to prosecution the Government will, in general, [...]

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Planning Appeals: Change of Use and Enforcement

The broad objectives behind the National Planning Policy Framework ( NPPF) which have been heralded as effecting sweeping changes to the planning system have not affected many of the common  subjects of  appeals against enforcement actions by local authorities not [...]

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