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Expansion to Permitted Development Rights

04 Mar 2021

The Government has introduced from 31 August 2020 an expansion of the currently permitted development rights (PDRs) and this presents an opportunity for developers to broaden their residential development portfolio, without formal planning permission. This is particularly significant given the impact of…

Commercial Property

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Same-Sex Female Parents and Parental Responsibility

02 Mar 2021

Parental responsibility encompasses " all rights and duties, powers and responsibilities, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to that child ". This gives a parent the right to make decisions on behalf of that child such as their education, religion and upbringing. Mothers who give…

Family/Divorce

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Education Q&A February 2021

26 Feb 2021

How do the changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) due to be introduced in April affect schools? IR35 applies when a worker or self-employed contractor provides their services through their own limited company. The rules make sure that contractors, who would have been an employee if they…

Education

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'Failure to Remove' claims - Where are we now?

25 Feb 2021

The recent case of HXA v Surrey Council has followed a minimal number of social care cases which have made their way through the Courts following CN & GN v Poole BC. The lack of detail around these cases, and the failure of any of them to reach the higher echelons of the Court system, have left room…

Insurance

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Ridwaan Omar Gains NEBOSH Qualification

25 Feb 2021

The Insurance department congratulates Ridwaan Omar on gaining his NEBOSH National General Certificate on Occupational Health & Safety. Ridwaan acts on behalf of numerous organisations in defending Employers' and Public Liability insurance claims. He also has considerable experience of…

Insurance

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Interesting Changes to Part 36 - Defendants beware!

25 Feb 2021

Rule changes to Part 36 offers mean that defendants need to be even more wary than before of the terms of Part 36 offers made by claimants. The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021 which come into effect from the 6 April 2021 amend Part 36 with a new rule 36.5 (5) which says that Part 36 offers…

Insurance

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Forbes at Trial - Causation arguments successful

25 Feb 2021

The claimant sued the defendant council following what she said was a fall on the pavement as she was walking back from the school where she had collected her children. She alleged that there was a missing flagstone. The claim was brought pursuant to the Highways Act 1980 for breach of S41, the…

Insurance

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