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Retail PD changes

Miles Crawford |

As part of a drive to support the high street and increase residential supply, the Government has now confirmed that it will bring forward a number of changes to permitted development rights, including options for the increased flexibility of high street planning uses. In particular, the proposed changes are to include: Allowing shops (A1) and […]


To be or knot to be

Fiona Dreghorn |

Japanese knotweed is becoming an increasing issue in the UK and one that has the potential to leave a landlord’s property uninhabitable and/or ultimately unsellable if its encroaching presence is ignored. Fiona Dreghorn discusses the issues involved.


Irish Backstop and Unilateral Withdrawal

Charles Proctor |

An arcane legal issue floated to the surface amid chaotic political scenes in the House of Commons last night. Partner Charles Proctor discusses the points raised.


Online platforms: new EU rules to increase transparency and fairness

Tim Wright |

On 13th February 2019, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission agreed to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices.


VAT reverse charge for the Construction industry

Anthony Reeves |

A major overhaul of VAT administration in the construction industry will be introduced later in 2019. For many businesses, the change will now mean that the party who receives the supply (such as a contractor in a property development scenario) will have to pay the VAT directly to HMRC as if it had made the […]


Artificial intelligence systems and patient data – a new NHS code of conduct

Tim Wright |

NHS England has published an ethical code of conduct (the Code) to ensure that only the best and safest data-driven technologies are adopted by the NHS.


Update on Litigation Privilege – Important lessons to be learnt

Leigh Callaway |

In recent months we have seen a number of significant judgments regarding the scope of protection offered to litigants by legal privilege. In this article we discuss the effect of those decisions and highlight some of the issues that parties should be aware of.


IPSX approved as a regulated investment exchange

Nigel Gordon |

On 9 January 2019 the Financial Conduct Authority approved the International Property Securities Exchange (IPSX) as a recognised investment exchange. IPSX is the world’s first dedicated exchange for real estate and will enable the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and trading of companies owning single commercial real estate assets.


Algorithms in the justice system - the European Ethical Charter

Tim Wright |

The adoption of artificial intelligence offers huge potential for the justice system, but it also flags a number of interesting issues and challenges. With this in mind, the Council of Europe has adopted its first European Ethical Charter on the use of AI in judicial systems. Tim Wright discusses.


SDLT is changing on 1 March 2019

Nick Wood |

Despite its receding influence, SDLT is back in the spotlight once again. This time though, it is as a result of a relatively minor change. From 1 March 2019, the period allowed in England and Northern Ireland for filing an SDLT return and paying the tax reduces from 30 to 14 days.


Asserting or Challenging Jurisdiction

Leigh Callaway |

In a judgment which is essential reading for anyone seeking to establish or challenge jurisdiction in the High Court, in Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v AMS Mexico SA de CV the Court of Appeal clarified the test that a party asserting English jurisdiction must meet, and how that test will be applied when, as is usually the case when a jurisdiction challenge is launched, the evidence before the Court is incomplete.


Knowing when to appeal

Leigh Callaway, Joshua Bennett |

When does time for making an application for permission to appeal begin? In circumstances where the time period for making such an application is a relatively limited 21 days, the importance of understanding the answer to this question cannot be understated. In McDonald v Rose, the Court of Appeal recently provided guidance on the procedure to be followed by parties wishing to seek permission to appeal.