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Contract Law in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently considered the use of non-oral modification terms in written agreements. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington examine the outcome.

News headlines

Apr 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.
Apr 16, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.
Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Apr 05, 2018

Government launches review of law and powers to tackle unauthorised sites

The government has launched a review of the law and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.
Apr 04, 2018

RICS consults on Code for Leasing Business Premises to make legal drafting efficient

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a consultation on the Code for Leasing Business Premises.

Features and analysis

Imposing pre-commencement conditions

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Jane Linley looks at the effect of recently made regulations restricting local planning authorities from imposing pre-commencement conditions when granting planning permission.

Publicly held land and village greens

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The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment on use of publicly held land. Ashley Bowes, Jonathan Clay and Matthew Lewis consider the implications.

CPO and compensation: key changes

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Gary Soloman looks at a number of provisions relevant to compulsory acquisition in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 that come into force on 6 April 2018.

Developer contributions: reforms

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The regime for developer contributions is set to be reformed. Stephanie David examines the proposals in the government's consultation.

Older articles

Apr 04, 2018

RICS consults on Code for Leasing Business Premises to make legal drafting efficient

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a consultation on the Code for Leasing Business Premises.
Mar 29, 2018

Interpreting overage clauses

Overage continues to be a potential minefield. James Hall analyses the latest case on interpretation of a clause.
Mar 29, 2018

A new approach to viability

Rose Grogan examines the proposed changes in approach to viability in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and accompanying guidance.
Mar 28, 2018

Councils to be able to double council tax on homes left empty for 2+ years

Councils in England are to be allowed to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for two years or more, under new legislation unveiled by the government.
Mar 23, 2018

A change is gonna come

Simon Ricketts examines the issues that emerge when changes are sought to a major scheme with planning permission.
Mar 23, 2018

Approaches to the tilted balance

Josef Cannon reports on an inspector's approach to the ‘tilted balance’ in the National Planning Policy Framework, as the sun begins to set on paragraphs 14 and 49.
Mar 20, 2018

Court of Appeal backs decision to put neighbourhood plan to referendum

Leeds City Council did not act unlawfully when it put a neighbourhood plan to a referendum after modifications had been made that partly differed from those recommended by the examiner, the Court of Appeal has said.
Mar 16, 2018

Selective licensing and conditions

Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.
Mar 14, 2018

Property firm fails in legal action over refusal by council to sell site

Manchester City Council was not obliged to sell a site to a particular buyer simply because of an earlier planning decision, the High Court has found.
Mar 13, 2018

Government to allow more homes to be created from agricultural buildings

The Government is to change the number of homes that can be created under permitted development rights from existing agricultural buildings on a farm.
Mar 02, 2018

Land Registry to work with 26 councils on migrating local land charges records

HM Land Registry is work with 26 local authorities in England over the coming year to migrate their Local Land Charges (LLC) records to a centralised digital register.
Mar 02, 2018

Fire safety costs and leaseholders

Zishaan Saleem reports on the first tribunal ruling on cladding and fire safety measures in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Feb 28, 2018

Appeal to be submitted this week in Haringey development vehicle case

An appeal is to be submitted this week over the High Court’s dismissal of a high-profile legal challenge to the London Borough of Haringey’s proposed development vehicle.
Feb 23, 2018

Installing barriers on public highways

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Laura Hughes of Browne Jacobson, deals with the question of the powers available to a local authority when installing gates or barriers on public highways.
Feb 23, 2018

Service of statutory notices

Are the prescribed methods of service of statutory notices exhaustive? Brendon Lee considers the key issues.
Feb 16, 2018

Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate

The High Court's ruling on a controversial Haringey Council regeneration scheme has some important lessons for local authorities considering similar projects, write Alex Kynoch and Karl Edwards.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court rejects challenge to lawfulness of Haringey development vehicle

A High Court judge has today dismissed a judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the procedures adopted by the London Borough of Haringey for the establishment of a controversial development vehicle.
Jan 12, 2018

Ownership certificates and planning

Nikki Fonseka explains the importance of correct ownership certificates in planning applications.
Jan 11, 2018

Land and investment agency replaces Homes and Communities Agency

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the Government this week as the replacement to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Jan 10, 2018

Residents association in judicial review challenge over estate redevelopment

A residents’ association in Bath is to bring a judicial review challenge of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s decision to approve the redevelopment of their housing estate.

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