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Who decides who decides? Withdrawal of care proceedings

Where a local authority determines that the medical evidence falls short of proving that an injury to a child was deliberately inflicted, in what circumstances should it be allowed to withdraw its application? This was the question for the Court of Appeal in the recent case of GC v A Local Authority (A Child) (Withdrawal of care proceedings) [2020] EWCA Civ 848, an appeal from a first instance decision of HHJ Watson sitting at Coventry.

Covid-19 update on remote hearings

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

Dear s106 TCPA – Happy 30th Birthday!

Hitting the statute books at the very start of the now seemingly distant nineties (think dissolution of the USSR / Madonna – Vogue / Die Hard 2) s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 has enjoyed headlines, notoriety, praise and many a bun fight in the intervening three decades. It shares many of these with its predecessor: s52 of the TCPA 1971, before being re-badged in 1990 and given a wider makeover in 1991.

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Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.

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