Planning And Environment Focus: ‘No stone unturned in pursuit of growth’

Joann Bainton provides an overview of the Heseltine Review Heseltine believes the government should consider legislating to give chambers basic statutory functions and guaranteeing their continued independence from government.On 31 October 2012, conservative peer Lord Heseltine published his much-awaited report entitled ‘No stone unturned in pursuit of growth’. The background to the paper was that …
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Conveyancing: A major change in the court’s approach

Christopher Cant considers a decision providing guidance on the construction of documents registered at HM Land Registry The majority considered that the insertion of a whole clause mistakenly omitted required a rectification order and could not be dealt with as a matter of construction.The recent Court of Appeal decision in Cherry Tree Investments Ltd v …
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Town And Village Greens: Green in judgment

Roy Pinnock reviews the likely implications of imminent changes in legislation on the registration of town and village greens The number of TVG applications is estimated to have risen from around ten per year in the decade from 1993, to 100-200 per year between 2006 and 2009. The system for registering new Town and Village …
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The Growth And Infrastructure Bill: Remember, remember, the localism agenda?

Oliver Wright reports on the Bill as it currently stands Currently there is no express legal connection between the village green legislation and the planning regime. By fusing the two, however, there may be ways in which to tip the balance back towards the developer. On 5 November, the Growth and Infrastructure Bill had its …
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Matrimonial Homes: Till death do us part…

Sandra Pasotti discusses how the holiday home is likely to be dealt with on divorce There is no magic formula involved and couples can, with the assistance of their legal advisors, be fairly inventive when deciding how the assets may be split in the particular circumstances of their case. Many couples aspire to owning a …
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Construction Focus: Adjudicator’s jurisdiction

A recent case throws light on when parties to an agreement can be understood to have submitted to an adjudicator’s jurisdiction, as John Starr finds out ‘Clear wording is needed to amount to a submission to the jurisdiction of an adjudicator and therefore to an ad hoc adjudication. Payment of the adjudicator’s fees will not …
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