Fees for intervention gets a one star review

Tuesday, 11th February 2014

Published in Construction Manager on 10th February 2014

With the HSE Review recently published, Ashfords' Richard Voke - Partner and head of the Business Risk & Regulation Team, discusses what the HSE's Triennial Review says about Fees for Intervention.

Read the article on the Construction Manager Website here

Challenges to the exercise of local authority discretion

Tuesday, 11th February 2014

The Blackpool Council case involved a judicial review brought by a firm of solicitors who occupied a unit at an enterprise centre owned and operated by the Council.

The lease was due for renewal in June 2013. The firm was advised by Blackpool Council that the lease would not be renewed and that the basis of that decision...

Adopted Public Highway - Payment of Commuted Sums

Monday, 10th February 2014

Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 is the means by which highway authorities normally adopt a road. This is facilitated through a Section 38 Agreement. A developer normally builds the road to a pre-agreed standard and has the road inspected at various stages of construction. At the appropriate time, the road is adopted and becomes a public highway and...

Occupiers Forms - an update

Friday, 7th February 2014

Not a day goes by without hearing a grumble about an occupier form, be it "why is this needed?" or "why is this so expensive to have signed?"

I thought it may be useful to review this area and cover lenders that do and don''t require them, as well as pitfalls to watch out for.

1. It is worthwhile to say that...

Acquiring abroad?

Monday, 3rd February 2014

Ashfords partner Simon Rous writes for ACQ5 regarding the Global M&A Seminar on the 26 and 27 January 2014. Simon chaired the event with M&A professionals and industry leaders present from across the globe.

Read the article here

Rising from the ashes?

Monday, 3rd February 2014

David Pomeroy, head of Restructuring and Insolvency at Ashfords, writes for Insolvency Newsregarding the pending outcome of a government review of pre packs. David considers that the review will advise that the existing mechanisms in place require a wider more effective use.

Read the article here

Australian Tax Office wins the right to recover taxes due In Australia before assets remitted to a Cayman liquidator: Cross Border Restructuring and Insolvency Update - January 2014

Friday, 31st January 2014

Ackers (as joint foreign representative) v Saad Investments Company Limited [2013] FCA 738

The Federal Court of Australia held that taxes due in Australia from a foreign company in liquidation in the Cayman Islands could be paid out of the assets realised by the foreign representatives in Australia before the assets were remitted to the Cayman Island's...

Elected Members - Freedom of Speech?

Friday, 31st January 2014

A recent judicial review in the Administrative Court has offered clear guidance on statements made by elected members. The Judicial Review provides direction on whether statements as such are able to be made within freedom of speech, or whether that right is qualified as a consequence of the holder being in a political office and therefore subject to a code...

Town and Village Greens - Protecting Your Interests

Friday, 31st January 2014

Land is capable of being registered as a town and village green and a person or group can apply to register land as a town and village green where 'a significant number of the inhabitants of any locality or of any neighbourhood within the locality have indulged as of right in law for sports and pastimes on the land for...

Listed Buildings - Lifting the Burden?

Friday, 31st January 2014

As part of the Government's drive to reduce the regulatory burden, it has come forward with a set of consultation proposals to simplify the listed building consent system. The intent is to reduce the instances where applications for listed building consent will be required. The aim is to enable local planning authorities to delivery a more efficient and effective service...

Claiming compensation for medical accidents

Tuesday, 28th January 2014

Medical procedures, however complex or high risk, are undoubtedly daunting prospects. Despite this, we place complete trust in the medical experts responsible for treating us. They are, after all, experienced professionals, trained to provide us with the best possible care. However, there will always be the risk of human error. At Ashfords we see an alarming number of cases involving...

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Update - January 2014

Tuesday, 28th January 2014

GP surgery manager prosecuted for unlawfully accessing patients' records

The Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") has prosecuted a former GP surgery manager for unlawfully accessing the medical records of approximately 1,940 patients, who were registered with the College Practice GP surgery in Maidstone (the "Practice").

Steven Tennison, who appeared at Maidstone Magistrates Court on 3 December 2013, pleaded guilty...


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