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April 2018

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    Jean François Clin V Walter Lilly & Co Ltd (2018) Court Of Appeal

    Mr Clin was the owner of two adjoining Victorian houses in Kensington, London and engaged the contractor Walter Lilly to demolish and reconstruct the buildings into one single dwelling. A dispute arose after the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council sent a letter stating the proposed works would require conservation area consent as they amounted to "substantial demolition". Walter Lilly then suspended work on the site for over a year until permission was granted for a revised proposal and claimed an extension of time for this period. Read more
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    Brexit: April 2018 Update On Citizens’ Rights

    At the end of last year we reported on the agreement that had been reached between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) in the first stage of the Brexit negotiations on the issue of the rights of UK and EU expat citizens. Read more
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    An Implied Responsibility For Planning?

    Jean François Clin v Walter Lilly & Co Ltd (2018) Court of Appeal

    Mr Clin was the owner of two adjoining Victorian houses in Kensington, London and engaged the contractor Walter Lilly to demolish and reconstruct the buildings into one single dwelling. A dispute arose after the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council sent a letter stating the proposed works would require conservation area consent as they amounted to "substantial demolition". Walter Lilly then suspended work on the site for over a year until permission was granted for a revised proposal and claimed an extension of time for this period.
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    Brexit: Another Cause Of Distraction

    In the last few months, both the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly have been working through ‘Continuity Bills’, the essential purposes of which include the preservation of EU law in areas of devolved competencies and enabling the devolved governments to ensure that they retain control of devolved areas of law after the UK’s withdrawal. Ever since the referendum result, this has been a battleground in waiting and unsurprisingly therefore, as it is perfectly entitled to do, the UK Government has now referred both Continuity Bills to the Supreme Court to decide whether the Bills would be outwith the powers of their respective legislatures if passed into law – questions of legislative competence. The UK Government may not be especially troubled about some areas of devolved competency, but others such as Fisheries policy, are another matter entirely. Read more
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    Beneficiaries Of Foreign Trusts - Now Protected From Register

    HM Government has published the final plan for its public register of the ownership of UK property by foreign entities ( such as Trusts). The register will come into operation in 2021 and is intended to reduce the scope for using ‘dirty money’ to buy high value properties, mainly in London.

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    State Aid Post-brexit: Cma To The Fore

    The Government has confirmed that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will take on the role of state aid regulator in the United Kingdom following its withdrawal from the European Union. This news is not surprising given that the CMA is the primary competition regulator in the UK.
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    Has Your Inheritance Tax Allowance Increased By £50,000 On 6 April 2018?

    The answer is that it may have done – and if it hasn’t you may be able to rearrange matters so that it does. The reason for this is an increase in the Residence Nil Rate Band – but, despite press reports to the contrary, the increase will not benefit everyone. Read more
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