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June 2017

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    Whose Right Is It Anyway?

    The case of Gore v Naheed and Ahmed (2017) EWCA Civ 369 recently decided by the Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance as to when a right of way granted for a specific property can be extended to cover neighbouring land.

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  • 21

    A New Route To Obtaining Disclosure Of Trust Documents?

    The principles applying to a beneficiary’s right to disclosure of Trust documents and information were set down by the Privy Council in the case of Schmidt –v- Rosewood [2003] 2 AC 709. That case confirmed that no beneficiary has a proprietary right or absolute entitlement to information concerning a Trust and that the right to seek disclosure of Trust documents should be regarded as part of the Court’s inherent jurisdiction to supervise the administration of Trusts.

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  • 15

    Sports Governance Code

    The Government’s Sporting Future strategy published in 2015 set out the requirement for a Code of Governance for publically funded sports organisations in the UK. The Code for Sports Governance (the ‘Code’) was published jointly by UK Sport and Sport England in October 2016  and came into effect in April this year.

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  • 12

    What Might Brexit Mean For Charities, Voluntary Organisations And Wider Civil Society?

    Later this month, Hewitsons partner Dominic Hopkins will be contributing to a discussion on the potential implications of Brexit for charities and voluntary organisations in Northamptonshire and beyond.

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May 2017

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    Power To The Telecom Operators

    There have been vast changes in the world of digital technology over the last 30 years and the current legislation is widely regarded as outdated. As part of the Digital Economy Bill which received Royal Assent in April, the existing Code governing the relationship between landowners and telecoms operators is set to be updated with a new Electronics Communication Code. Ofcom are currently carrying out a consultation with the industry which will close on 2nd June and the Code will come into force on a date to be decided. In the meantime it is the existing Code that regulates telecoms equipment.

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  • 18

    Delay Or Frustrate The Mediation Process At Your Peril!

    The Court of Appeal in Thakkar v Patel has recently revisited the issue of whether it is reasonable for parties to refuse to mediate and what the costs consequences will be. In this case Lord Justice Jackson issued the stark warning to parties in litigation that “in a case where bilateral negotiations fail but mediation is obviously appropriate, it behoves both parties to get on with it”.

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  • 17

    Duty Of Care In Sport Report

    The independent report into the Duty of Care sport has towards its participants, at both elite and grassroots level, was published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on 21 April.

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  • 09

    Chariots Of Fire 2017

    On your marks, get set and register for Chariots of Fire 2017 in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK

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  • 03

    Charities Welcome Consultation On Deferred Pension Debt Arrangements

    In response to its call for evidence on employer debt regime discussed here, the DWP has published draft regulations which, if implemented, will introduce a new ‘deferred debt arrangement’.

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  • 03

    Charity Finance Group Publishes New Edition Of ‘navigating The Charity Pensions Maze’

    The Charity Finance Group has updated its report on ‘Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze’ which offers practical guidance to help charities navigate pension issues.

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  • 03

    Charity Disposals (a Lesson In How Not To)

    Trustees have an overriding obligation to act in the best interests of their charity. How they address that is often for them to decide save for: the need to show how decisions were reached; that due diligence was properly carried out (with expert reports and advice where necessary); and that conflicts of interest were considered and addressed.

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  • 03

    Mees Regulations 2015 And The Challenges For Landlords

    With less than 11 months to go until the MEES Regulations take effect, landlords of commercial premises should start (if they haven’t already) reviewing the energy efficiency of their let properties to ensure they are not caught by the Regulations come 1st April 2018. From this date, landlords will be prohibited from granting new leases or renewing existing leases where the property has an energy efficiency rating of an 'F' or 'G'. In addition, from 1 April 2023 any lease granted before 1 April 2018 which continues beyond 1 April 2023 will be prohibited if the rating is an 'F' or 'G'.

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    Predictions For East Midlands Office Market Growth In 2017

    David Wells, a partner in the real estate team at law firm Hewitsons’ Northampton office, explains why he forecasts growth in the East Midlands office market for 2017.

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  • 24

    The Supreme Court Decides: Parliament Is Sovereign

    In the most significant judgment concerning the UK’s constitution in generations, the Supreme Court (a majority of 8 to 3) has rejected the UK Government’s case that ministers could start the process of withdrawal from the European Union without the authority of Parliament. The Court has held that such a step (the giving of notice under Article 50(2) of the Lisbon Treaty) can only lawfully be carried out with the sanction of primary legislation, enacted by the Queen in Parliament, although the consent of the devolved assemblies of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would not be needed. The UK Parliament is sovereign on the matter. This was the Government’s appeal against the decision of the High Court last year.

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  • 20

    A Win For The Wheelchair?

    In FirstGroup v Paulley, the Supreme Court has held that the operator’s policy regarding wheelchair space on its buses was in breach of the duty to make reasonable adjustments under section 29(2) Equality Act 2010.

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  • 19

    Record Breaking Year For Chariots Of Fire 2016!

    2016 proved to be a record breaking year for Chariots of Fire with over £138,000 raised for Papworth Hospital Charity, its highest ever amount in any one year.

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  • 11

    Parkour An Officially Recognised Sport

    The UK has become the first country in the world to officially recognise Parkour as a sport.

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  • 06

    Natural England Announces New Licensing Policies For Protected Species

    Natural England is changing the way it issues wildlife licences to deal with protected species found at development sites.

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  • 06

    The Case Of The Unconvincing Witness

    Two recent construction cases - one arising from a development of Port facilities (Djibouti v Boreh [2016] EWHC 405 Comm) and the other a hotel and resort development claim (Harlequin v Wilkins Kennedy[2016]EWHC3188 TCC) - have provided the High Court with a further opportunity to warn those readying themselves for trial against the coaching of witnesses.

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  • 03

    Remembering A Charity In Your Will

    Legacies and bequests from generous individuals have always helped shape and enrich charities. Legacies of all sizes enable charities to carry out their invaluable work.

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