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The Cinderella-style transformation at 11pm UK time on 31 December 2020 from the European Union State aid rules to a domestic system of subsidy control brings a challenging and uncertain time to the regulation in the UK of government assistance to businesses.
Brexit will have multiple legal effects upon us, including the use of passports to visit the EU, which will now need six months unexpired, your free health cover while you’re there and maybe your liability to foreign wealth taxes.
Our staff have embraced the Christmas spirit by generously raising £575 for Save the Children via a series of fundraising events throughout December.
The High Court was asked to decide if a protector had been validly appointed to a series of family Trusts in a decision that would affect hundreds of millions of euros.
A substantial backlog has arisen at the Probate Registry, meaning that it is now taking as long as twelve weeks for probate to be granted. Backlogs began in 2017 due to a proposed hike in probate fees. The rise in fees was mooted again in 2019, prompting a further flurry of applications that added to the backlog.
The government announced last week that business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. Further guidance to support negotiations between landlord and tenant has also been promised shortly.
In what should be a salient lesson to all developers carrying out works near breeding sites of protected species, on 8 December at Woolwich Crown Court, Bellway Homes was fined £600,000 after they admitted to damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place for bats at a construction site in Greenwich.
Permitted Development Rights Lost When Building Works Are Unlawful – Even If Carried Out After Prior Approval
Permitted development rights do not apply to unlawful building works and uses. The recent case of RSBS Developments Ltd v SSHCLG  clarifies that such rights will be lost even if the unlawful works are carried out after prior approval.
Michele Davis suffered a catastrophic head injury in December 2018. After almost a year in hospital, she was moved to a specialist care home where she was visited by her husband for hours every day and also had frequent visits from her son and parents. The care home restricted visits during the first lockdown, but was able to relax the rules somewhat over the summer. However, tougher restrictions were later re-introduced.
It is not uncommon for a development site to benefit from more than one planning permission, which can give rise to questions as to the extent to which the different developments can be carried out.
Local councils will be pleased by the recent Court of Appeal decision that held the decisive factor in establishing who is in rateable occupation of a building was that of “general control”. It was held the Upper Tribunal was wrong to conclude that individual guardians were in rateable occupation.
Government Consults On New Permitted Development Rights To Allow Town Centre Uses To Convert To Residential
The Government has issued a consultation paper seeking views on a proposed new permitted development right for the change use from the new Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) use class to residential in an effort to “support economic recovery, housing delivery and the regeneration of our high streets and town centres”.
Further changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the Order”) will come into force today.
Why are lawyers obsessed with writing things down? Not least because memories fade or recollection of what was “agreed” can differ. Writing it down gives professional advisors an opportunity to tease out other issues.
Experienced solicitor Annette Benjamin has joined the residential property team at city law firm Hewitsons.