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Enforcement Notices, Appeals, Prosecutions & Abuse of Process

February 14th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

In Altunkaynak, R (on the application of) v Northamptonshire Magistrates' Court & Anor [2012] EWHC 174 (Admin), the Courts have again considered the interplay between enforcement notices, prosecutions and s285 of the Town and Country Planning Act ... continue reading...


Prayers at Council Meetings

February 13th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Many readers will not fail to have noticed the press reporting of the decision by Mr Justice Ouseley that Councils have no legal power to make prayers a part of the formal business of a Council meeting - R (National Secular Society and Mr Clive Bone) ... continue reading...


Planning and Restrictive Covenants

February 9th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The recent case of Zenios v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1645 serves as a reminder that obtaining planning permission for a development does not necessarily mean that a development can or will go ahead; or at least not where the ... continue reading...


Dogs and the Law

February 2nd, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Recently it seems that not a week has gone by without some negative press reporting about dogs. I am one of the many dog owners in the country - a labrador in case you are interested - and believe that responsible dog ownership is key. All dog owners ... continue reading...


Sentencing Guidelines Consultation - Dangerous Dogs

December 15th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The Sentencing Council, the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing sentence, is consulting on guidelines to be applied in cases involving dangerous dogs. The consultation runs until 8 Marc ... continue reading...


Workplace Fatalities - Criminal Proceedings

October 19th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

One of the most difficult issues which arises for both families and employers affected by a work-related fatality is the length of time which the criminal legal process can take. Timescales of three years plus are not uncommon and the ramifications f ... continue reading...


Judicial Review - Costs Update

October 7th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The general rule in legal proceedings is that the losing party pays the winning parties' legal costs. However, a different rule has been applied in judicial review proceedings in cases where a public body concedes the claim shortly after legal proce ... continue reading...


Councillors, Pre-determination & Planning

October 4th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

According to reports in last week's Planning magazine, almost two-thirds of councillors believe that changes contained in the Localism Bill will allow them to state in advance how they will vote at committee meetings. The current rules on pre-determ ... continue reading...


Changes to Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

September 19th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 24 August 2011. Whilst the Regulations essentially consolidate the 1999 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, there are a number of changes wor ... continue reading...


Do you drive a Maserati?

September 19th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recently used a speech at a property conference to lambast "Maserati-driving" planning lawyers for driving up planning costs at a time when the number of planning applications are falling. Mr Pickles said: "I don' ... continue reading...