July 2014 Archive

New London infrastructure plan

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The Mayor has just announced the launch of a consultation for a new London Infrastructure Plan 2050 which will run for three months. A final report is expected in early 2015. More …

Glee vs The Glee Club and the concept of wrong way round confusion

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Court rules that Fox must change the name of its television program "Glee" as it infringes the intellectual property rights of "The Glee Club" a renowned UK based chain of comedy clubs. More …

Appeal Decision on Permitted Development Rights

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Appeal Decision on Permitted Development Rights. Change of Use from offices to residential. More …

English Heritage's draft Good Practice Advice Notes

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English Heritage is consulting on three draft Advice Notes this month. The consultation period closes on 5 September 2014 with a target publication date of early autumn. More …

Black and white trade marks

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The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) has provided fresh guidance on black and white and greyscale trade marks in its recent publication "Common Communication on the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White Marks (April 2014)". More …

Do academies make use of their autonomy?

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Two thirds of Academies say that standards have improved at their school as a result of the changes that Academy status has allowed them to make. More …

The Infrastructure Bill (part 1)

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Now that the dust has settled on the Government's legislative agenda for the forthcoming Parliamentary session it is a good time to look in a little more detail at some of the proposed legislation. More …

Hospital special measures extended to care homes

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced today that it is to extend its system of special measures aimed at improving failing care in hospitals in England to care homes and home care agencies. More …

Electoral Commission Guidance published on Lobbying Act

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Further to our earlier blog post about the Charity Commission's view of the impact of the Lobbying Act, the Electoral Commission has now issued guidance for charities on activities that may bring them within the definition of a non-party campaigner, when they would be required to register with the Electoral Commission and the rules that would then apply. More …

"Social investment explained" guide issued by Social Enterprise UK

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Social Enterprise UK has produced a new multi-media resource on social investment for charities and social enterprises. The resource is aimed at trustees, chief executives and members of staff of VSCE organisations (voluntary and community organisations and social enterprise) who want an introduction to social investment. More …