News: February 2016
David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union to be held on Thursday 23 June. The lead up to the announcement has inevitably focused our attention on the complexities and potential impact of Brexit on British farmers. Two recent reports have considered the practical implications of leaving Europe. […]
We have recently been asked to advise on Commons Act and Highways Act issues and it is important to highlight a recent change to the application form which can be submitted to the Local Authority to protect private land. The new change makes it easier for landowners to ensure that their private land does not […]
Bridleways are a right of way familiar to most of our agricultural and developer clients. Often this is because their land is burdened by the right itself or it is a right they see being exercised every day by country ramblers. For those who are uncertain about the rights linked to bridleways, a bridleway is […]
A recent case provides a helpful analysis of the conditions required for a building to qualify for the agricultural exemption from business and also shows, as always, it is important to consider the facts in any planning case. The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that a redundant retail warehouse that a farmer used temporarily […]
Businesses should be left in no doubt about the stringent application of new sentencing guidelines when it comes to Health & Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety & Hygiene offences. Based primarily on company turnover, fines for breaches will undoubtedly increase from hundreds of thousands into millions of pounds, hitting businesses extremely hard. In our […]
A dawn raid last summer by immigration officers on the UK’s biggest sandwich maker, Greencore, resulted in the arrest of 32 workers. At stake are fines of up to £20,000 per worker if it is concluded that Greencore and its recruitment agencies failed to check the workers’ documents properly. Nine people were charged with immigration […]
On 5 February 2016 the Assistant Derbyshire Coroner Mr James Newman handed down a natural causes verdict confirming that in his view there had been missed opportunities to diagnose and treat complications of chicken pox that led to the development of sepsis and death of John Kirkham. John had been suffering from chicken pox and […]
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