Monthly Archives: October 2012

Petrodel – An Open Road and a Fast Car to Evading Divorce Settlements?

The Court of Appeal has this week given it decision in the Petrodel Resources v Prest case. The Husband in the case was an oil tycoon. His Wife was awarded £17.5 million upon their divorce.  Moylan J decided that he … Continue reading

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Changes to planning laws

Changes of planning law came into effect on 1 October to allow the ancillary space above retail shops (either A1 or A2) to be converted into residential use without the need to obtain planning permission. The main conditions to comply … Continue reading

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Clamping down on the Cowboy Clampers

Wheel clampers will be outlawed from clamping vehicles on private land following the introduction of new legislation. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (which came into effect on the 1st October) makes it a criminal offence to clamp on private … Continue reading

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You wouldn’t be surprised for thinking that we would say that anyway, but the Legal Services Board has proposed that will writing, estate administration and Probate should only be carried out by regulated legal professionals.  The Legal Services Board has … Continue reading

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Stairway to Litigation

Under the Defective Premises Act 1972, a landlord owes a duty of care to anyone who might be affected by defects present in the premises which they let. In a worrying decision for social and private landlords, the High Court … Continue reading

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George Osborne plans for new type of Employment Contracts

“Get shares and become owners of the company you work for. Owners, workers and the taxman, all in it together” George Osborne optimistically declared. The Issue Earlier this week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the introduction of … Continue reading

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Live Music Act comes into force

The Live Music Act (“the Act”) came into force on 1 October 2012 with the effect that venues in England and Wales with a capacity of less than 200 people no longer need a licence for live music. The Act … Continue reading

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Leading The Charge

The use of Charging Orders as a means of enforcement of a debt has been increasingly popular over recent years as the equity in a debtor’s property is often his most valuable asset. The law in this area has today … Continue reading

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