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Social workers can wield immense power over people's lives – but one case clearly shows how carefully their activities are regulated by the courts. A local authority was ordered to pay damages of £45,000 to a mother and two young children after...
The dangers of 'letting fly' on the Internet are legion and not sufficiently appreciated by some. Freedom of expression is not an absolute right, as one Internet blogger discovered to his cost. The High Court ordered him to pay £10,000 in libel...
One of the well-established principles of the law relating to obtaining possession of residential property that applies in the case of a possession order sought by a public authority is that of 'proportionality', which broadly speaking means that if, on the...
Family trusts often date back many years, and those who drafted them could not have been expected to foresee all the dramatic social changes that have happened since pen was put to paper. In one case, the High Court's intervention was required to vary a...
With an ageing population, purpose-built retirement properties are becoming more and more prevalent. It is important when considering the purchase of such a property to look very carefully at the detail of the contract (this is normally in the form of a long...
For some years now, pensions have been made increasingly flexible, and the Government recently introduced greater choice as to how savers can use their pension pots on retirement. The cornerstone of the much-vaunted 'liberation' of the private pension...
With new guidance having been issued regarding the interpretation of 'need' for the purpose of financial settlements on divorce, a recent case shows how the courts have been moving away from a rigid adherence to the principle of 'equality' in the division...
Appointing an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is normally a sensible precaution. The procedure allows one's financial affairs (and, if required, matters relating to health and welfare) to be entrusted to others if you are unable to manage...
Wind farms can be seen for miles around and their visual impact on nearby heritage assets can frequently prove decisive in planning terms. That was certainly so in one case in which proposals for five wind turbines within sight of a listed church were...
A recent decision involving development proposals in the Green Belt will be of interest to those considering making planning applications over Green Belt land. It involved a planning application granted by Epping Forest District Council for a glasshouse...

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