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From Heathrow to Newport – Legal complexity in consenting major schemes

By Richard Kimblin, Oliver Lawrence The Westminster government’s plans for a new runway at Heathrow have received a green light from the Planning Court.  The Welsh Government’s plans for major improvements to the M4 have been given a red light from, well, the Welsh Government.  We attach a summary of the main issues in each case […]

Legal update: Section 73 applications

By Leanne Buckley-Thomson In this legal update which was first published in RTPI’s Summer Newsletter, Leanne Buckley-Thomson considers section 73 applications exploring recent case law which may help planners to further navigate this tricky area of law. The planning permission is secured, the conditions are in place, now all that’s left is to commence development, […]

All is fair in love and law: Is there a duty to inform the opposing party of its mistakes?

By Camilla Draycott The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 985 provides an important clarification as to whether lawyers have a duty to inform the opposing party of their mistakes when conducting litigation. Background The claimant appealed against a decision which overturned an order made by Master Bowles […]

Pensions tax mistakes can sometimes be undone

By Christopher Stiles, Zoe Fatchen Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed it is not appealing against the tribunal’s ruling in the case of Hymanson v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2018] UKFTT 667 (TC) that a mistake could be treated as if it had not been made. An individual whom HMRC considered had lost his “fixed […]

Captive insurance: To domicile in Bermuda

By Gavin Woods So, you are interested in forming a captive insurance company. Perhaps your company wants to benefit from the lower cost of insurance when compared with premiums paid to third-party insurers; or perhaps you need to obtain insurance for a type of risk that is proving difficult to cover in the commercial insurance market. […]

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South East firm Stevens & Bolton has hired a former solicitor at Union Bancaire Privée as a partner in its tax and trust practice. Peter Snowden was solicitor for the wealth and estate planning services of Union Bancaire Privée. He was previously director of Mourant & Co in Jersey and director of offshore trust services […]

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