The following Property practice note produced in partnership with Stuart King of Blackadders and Melanie Ballantyne of Blackadders provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Brexit: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see: Demolition and site clearance below.
The viability and success of a development site depends on obtaining satisfactory answers to a range of legal and practical questions. While attention tends to focus on the headline commercial terms of a deal, and on major issues such as planning permission, roads construction consent and environmental investigations, it is essential not to overlook issues that may cause significant delay, or even preclude successful development.
Direct access to the nearest adopted road can be fundamental to a development's viability. A developer will rely on the information disclosed in a property enquiry certificate (PEC) in this regard, but it is also imperative to see a roads adoption plan, which will disclose the extent of the road which has been taken over by the local authority for maintenance and will confirm, for example, the extent of the verge included in that adoption. It may be appropriate to submit a plan of the intended development along with the application for the property enquiry certificate
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Breach of statutory dutyThis Practice Note considers claims for damages for breach of statutory duty. For guidance on claims for damages for a negligent breach of duty of care outside a statutory duty, see Practice Notes:•Negligence—when does a duty of care arise?•Negligence—when is the duty of care
Convention rights—structure of qualified rightsThe rights preserved under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as set out in the Human Rights Act 1998 Sch 1, can be broadly divided into three groups:•absolute rights—which cannot be interfered with by the state or derogated from even in a
Working with counselInstructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide independent objective advice and to deploy the skill of advocacy on behalf of the client. Although they are part of a team, they also
Dawn raid—who can raid my organisation and why?IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional
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