Issue: June 2021

CIL – liability notice invalidated

June 2021 | Conveyancing

An interesting article considers a HC case which invalidated a CIL liability notice issued two years and six months after the grant of planning permission. One of the biggest inadequacies of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (CIL Regulations) is that they are entirely silent about the consequences of non-compliance by a charging authority (usually …

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Financial remedies – resources

June 2021 | Family

The practice of legally exact pleading when third-party issues in financial remedy cases arise minimises the risk of the family court unfairly interfering with the rights of third parties. So say the authors of this detailed article examining the issue of third-party assets and their bearing on the court’s assessment of resources in financial remedy …

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Limitation – midnight cases

June 2021 | Professional

The SC has heard an appeal relating to the calculation of the limitation period in respect of causes of action which accrued at, or on the expiry of, the midnight hour at the end of Thursday 2 June 2011. The issue before the court was whether Friday 3 June 2011, the day which commenced at …

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Japanese knotweed – locations

June 2021 | Conveyancing

While we do not usually comment on commercial products, conveyancers may be interested to know that Environet has produced an interactive map showing the Japanese knotweed ‘hotspots’ in the UK. They have collated information from 50,000 known infestations. Conveyancers should be wary of making information available to clients that the firm may then be obliged …

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VAT – deferral again

June 2021 | Tax – VAT

Early in the pandemic (and what feels like another lifetime ago), we reported in our April 2020 edition (p32) on the VAT deferral scheme which was announced on 20 March 2020. The government allowed VAT payments to be deferred from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020. All UK businesses were eligible and no application …

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First Homes – new initiative

June 2021 | Conveyancing

We mentioned a couple of new government-backed homebuyers’ schemes in our May 2021 edition (p5). Conveyancers should also be aware that there is a further scheme called the ‘First Homes’ initiative. It is a scheme which offers new-build properties at a discounted rate. There are certain eligibility criteria which the developers must comply with and …

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Adoption – step-parent applications

June 2021 | Family

Step-parent adoption applications can involve numerous parties and professionals: the step-parent; their partner; the child’s other biological parent; a guardian appointed to represent the child; the judge; lawyers; the local authority; and often, a reporting officer. The author highlights the challenges of applications by step-parents to adopt a child during the pandemic environment – particularly …

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VAT – reverse charge

June 2021 | Tax – VAT

We reported in our March 2021 edition (p34) on the VAT reverse charge for building and construction services which came into force on 1 March 2021. An interesting article discusses the charge and the fact that HMRC believes, in a significant proportion of cases, VAT which is paid over to builders is not properly accounted …

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Legal aid – training

June 2021 | Crime

New training material for criminal defence lawyers has gone live on the LAA’s dedicated training and support website, Legal Aid Learning (https://legalaidlearning.justice.gov.uk). The platform has been set up following user research and is being propagated by guidance, webinars and similar training resources. Training materials available now include crime billing; crime applications; criminal finance; and the …

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