Highways England confirms further public consultation on the A358 road dualling scheme

Monday, 21st August 2017

Between March and July 2017, Highways England ran a public consultation on its proposals for the dualling of the Southfields to Taunton stretch of the A358, and as part of those works the construction of a new motorway junction south of junction 25. That consultation is a precursor to an application for a development consent order ('DCO') granting consent to Highways England to construct the scheme.

Can 'Pub Banter' Give Rise to a Legally Binding Agreement

Thursday, 17th August 2017

The High Court has found that Mr. Mike Ashley (the founder of 'Sports Direct') did not agree during a meeting in a pub to pay Mr. Jeffrey Blue (an investment banker) the sum of £15m if he managed to double Sports Direct's share price.

Amazon’s Hunger for Food and Deals

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

When news arrived that Amazon Pantry was launching with a few thousand non-perishable grocery offerings available for delivery and a £3 fee, it was just the opening salvo. One review had Amazon beating its UK supermarket rivals on price. No surprise there, perhaps.

Could ministers now be forced to disclose the content of their ministerial diaries?

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

On 24 May 2017, the Court of Appeal agreed that former Conservative health secretary Andrew Lansley's Ministerial Diary should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA").

Abuse of Power of Attorney

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

There may be a number of reasons why you want to make a Power of Attorney, however, in light of the recent press coverage of the case of Frank Willett, a Dunkirk and Normandy veteran who is reported to have been exploited by his neighbour, you might be asking yourself is this something I really want to do.

Can a mistaken belief invalidate a will?

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

In the recent case of Ball & Ors v Ball & Ors [2017] EWCH 1750 (Ch) three of eleven children lost their challenge to the will of their late mother on the ground of lack of testamentary capacity. They claimed her will was invalid on this ground because their mother excluded them from her will in light of a mistaken belief about past events.

Fire Alarms in Residential Care Premises and British Standard BS5839-1:2013

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

n 2013 a new British Standard was issued - 5839-1 - which was predominantly driven by the Rosepark care home fire in Scotland in 2004, where 14 elderly residents tragically lost their lives.

UK government publishes consultation on NIS Directive

Monday, 14th August 2017

While businesses ready themselves for the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"), operators of essential services also need to ensure compliance with further EU legislation. The EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the "Directive") aims to establish an EU-wide security framework, including cyber security, which will complement the new data protection requirements detailed in the GDPR.

Law firms urged to get ‘houses in order’ over GDPR compliance

Friday, 11th August 2017

Christopher Coughlan comments in Solicitors Journal on the changes being introduced by the Data Protection Bill.

Government response on the consultation of the use of drones in the UK - What next for the drone industry?

Friday, 11th August 2017

Last month the Department of Transport released their long-awaited response to the government consultation on drones. Released on the 22 July 2017, the response lauded the economic opportunities presented by drones across the UK. However, the crux of the response was the consideration of the future rules, regulations and education concerning drones to encourage their responsible use. The consultation...

Trainee Blog: Getting involved in Events

Friday, 11th August 2017

From the trainee blog - One of the advantages of being a trainee at Ashfords is that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of events and activities available.

Experian MarketIQ Report Reveals Ashfords as one of Europe's Most Active Deal Advisers

Friday, 11th August 2017

Following the publication of the International Experian MarketIQ Deals Review, national law firm Ashfords has been named as one of Europe's most active legal advisers for the volume of deals.


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