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The Privy Council has confirmed that the powers of the Comptroller of Taxes and the Attorney General to require the production of pre-existing documents do not violate the privilege against self-incrimination under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Pursuant to the Taxation (Exchange of Information with Third Countries) (Jersey) Regulations 2008, the […]

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By Andrew Beck Walker Morris’ Andrew Beck explains that developers will welcome a recent Court of Appeal decision which is likely to result in Town and Village Green (TVG) applications becoming a less effective weapon against development. TVGs – The story so far In our previous briefing, we explain in some detail TVG registrations and the […]

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