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On 9 January 2024, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on birth trauma established an inquiry to investigate the reasons for traumatic births and to develop policy recommendations aimed at reducing the rate of birth trauma. The cross-party inquiry is led by Theo Clarke MP and Rosie Duffield MP. The main aim of the inquiry is […]

After many years in the making, Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) comes into force in England from today, Monday 12 February 2024.[1] Because Mandatory BNG only attaches to new planning applications made after today, there are not anticipated to be any immediate fireworks and this week will likely not feel a great deal different to […]

Simon Barker and Chris Musgrave of Freeths discuss Generative AI and how intellectual property law developed out of an old world order is addressing challenges presented by a new technology and how it may have to adapt. Some might say we are on the brink of a 21st century industrial revolution. Like a steam hammer […]

If you are the owner or developer of land where plans have been deposited with the local authority in accordance with building regulations, and the building(s) will have a frontage on a private street, then you may receive an Advance Payment Code (APC) notice. This situation will apply to the majority of residential developments and […]

There has been plenty of recent media coverage addressing safety concerns about maternity services in England. Only a few months ago, the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) published findings that 67% of maternity units in England are ‘inadequate’ or ‘require improvement’. The high-profile Ockenden review into Nottingham’s maternity units is ongoing, and other Trusts are also […]

The Home Office are proceeding with their plans to modernise the UK’s immigration system by replacing physical documents with online records of immigration status, known as eVisas. The new system will require migrants to register for a UKVI account, which will allow them to view and share their status, update their personal details, and travel […]

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