January 2015 Archive

How to keep determined trespassers off your land

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Market property developers are now as busy as ever. But what can you do if you find that your neighbour has trespassed over your land with cranes, diggers or scaffolding to start a development without your consent? More …

Internal agreements not subject to procurement rules

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The High Court has today decided that a memorandum of understanding between the Treasury and HMRC on one side, and National Savings and Investments on the other, to deliver the Government’s tax-free childcare scheme was not a public contract, and therefore not subject to the procurement rules. More …

Procurement challenges and limitation periods – when it’s not so good to talk

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Generally, before civil proceedings are commenced at Court, a proposed claimant is required, by the Civil Procedure Rules, to issue a pre-action letter of claim to the proposed defendant in order to ascertain whether the dispute can be resolved without the need for the Court’s intervention. More …

High Court examines ice cream van design after manufacturer alleges infringement

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There's a frosty atmosphere in the High Court as ice cream van manufacturers battle over alleged infringement. Whitby Specialist Vehicles, the largest manufacturer of ice cream vans in the UK, was rather annoyed when it found out that one of its competitors, Yorkshire Specialist Vehicles, had begun manufacturing very similar vans. More …

Comments on Clause 38 of the 'SBEE Bill'

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The Cabinet Office has published its policy statement together with a number of draft illustrative regulations following its consultation on clause 38 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (“SBEE Bill”). More …

Hinchingbrooke – where next for franchising?

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The news today that Circle is going to pull out of the Hinchingbrooke franchise will no doubt lead to the normal range of NHS 20/20 hindsight judgements on the failure of the private management of Hospitals but has the whole scheme been such a failure? More …