November 2018 Archive

Court warns developers not to take the law into their own hands

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The Court of Appeal has sent a strong message to developers not to build on land in breach of a restrictive covenant and then present the court with a fait accompli and challenge the judge not to order demolition but allow them to compensate the frustrated covenant holder instead. More …

SDLT revenue figures' review

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Recent figures show the level of receipts from Stamp Duty Land Tax. Our SDLT expert John Shallcross takes a look in more detail. More …

HRA Council housing - back to simpler delivery structures?

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It was long recognised that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap was a major obstacle for councils seeking to build new homes. It was therefore met with applause that Theresa May announced that the cap on how much councils can borrow against their housing revenue would come to an end swiftly before the end of October 2018. More …

The Housing Gap - An Intimidating Problem?

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The gap between housing supply and demand is a perennial issue for Councils. We take a closer look at the issues involved. More …

Leasehold Enfranchisement – Consultation on Reform

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We look in detail at the Law Commission's publication of a consultation paper on leasehold enfranchisement reform promising a comprehensive review of leaseholders’ rights in a variety of areas. More …

Display of Advertisements and Discontinuance Notices

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The recent case of Putney Bridge Approach Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2018] EWCA Civ 2268 has helped clarify how local planning authorities ("LPAs") should exercise their powers when serving discontinuance notices requiring the removal of an advertisement that has deemed consent and approach the question of whether to withdraw deemed consent for a specific advertisement or the whole site on which it is displayed. More …

The Postcode Lottery

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Inheritance tax (IHT) was originally intended as a tax on the wealthiest, but last year the Revenue claimed £5.2 billion in IHT, 60% more than five years ago. One of the reasons for this is the rise in property prices, with property hotspots like London bearing the biggest financial burden, and an IHT threshold that has not increased since 2009. More …

2018 Budget (somewhat) resurrects previously-scrapped changes to probate court fees

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Back in early 2017, a government consultation into a change in probate court fees took place. Thankfully, this change ultimately never transpired. The most recent Budget heralds a second attempt. What are the differences this time? More …

Men and their mental health

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On International Men's Day, Jack Wiseman looks at men and their mental health. More …

Three new Justices to the UK Supreme Court

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Three new Justices have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court and therefore will be eligible to sit as Judges in the Privy Council. This follows the retirement of Lord Mance in June, Lord Hughes in August and in anticipation of Lord Sumption's retirement in December. More …