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By Katherine Evans On 24 July 2018, the long-awaited revised NPPF was released. The omission of social rented homes from definition of affordable housing in Annex 2 of the draft revised NPPF has been addressed. Starter Homes are now included in the definition but secondary legislation is still required to set out financial eligibility for […]

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Hammonds secures Eurojust court victory

Hammonds has secured victory for Eurojust, the European body fighting organised crime, in a case brought against it by the Kingdom of Spain. The case clarifies limits to the privileges of European member states before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as being unusual in that it was asking for judicial review of […]

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