October 2014 Archive

Is VAT chargeable on charity supporters' schemes?

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Charities running supporters schemes should note the recent case of The Serpentine Trust Ltd v HMRC [2014] UKFTT 876 (TC). More …

Procurement is coming out to bat for SMEs!

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£230 billion per year is spent on goods and services across the whole public sector. Public sector procurement has the potential to generate significant business and growth opportunities for SMEs. More …

The Judge over your shoulder

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Courts will not put themselves in public sector buyers’ shoes and re-score tender evaluations. However, evaluators need to be very careful about what they say and write. More …

Pharmacies and ancillary use – landmark appeal decision

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A key appeal decision for the pharmaceutical sector was reached this month in respect of an application for the construction of a new pharmacy adjacent to the existing Oak Lodge Medical Centre in Barnet. More …

Will mediation become compulsory in neighbour disputes?

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The Court encourages parties in all disputes to consider settlement at every stage and that mediation has become more popular as a means of resolving disagreements. More …

Plans to restructure English Heritage

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On 14 October 2014, following a consultation, the Government announced plans to restructure the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England ("the Commission"), also known as English Heritage, into two separate bodies. More …

Gift to the nation

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Abbey Adams, a solicitor in our Wills, probate, tax and trusts team, considers making gifts generally and how important it is that items of national heritage are available for the public to enjoy where possible. More …

Eric Pickles turns down housing scheme because of effect on Grade 1 Abbey

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Recently, we have been involved in a number of schemes involving some degree of harm on the setting of listed buildings. More …

Elections and the effect of the Green Hulk?

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New guidance and a press release from the DCLG earlier this week highlighted again a thorny issue for the Conservatives in the run up to the General Election: the Green Belt. More …

Dissenting Judgments in the Privy Council

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An article published in The Lawyer magazine in April 2014 discusses the apparent reduction in dissenting Judgments in the Supreme Court. More …