News April 2017

28 Apr 2017

Vacant building credit and housing development in the Green Belt

Giles Atkinson has successfully defended an LPA’s decision not to apply the Vacant Building Credit to a 46 house development in the Metropolitan Green Belt. In what is believed to be the first Inspector’s decision on the discretion provided by NPPG para 023 providing for authorities to

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26 Apr 2017

Jury Retires in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Trial

The jury will retire today in the trial of Lucy King, a 39 year old mother charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of her daughter, Frankie, aged 2. Oliver Saxby QC defends, leading Kate Hunter of Gurney Harden Solicitors. The Crown allege that Ms King failed to get medical assistance

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24 Apr 2017

Ian Rees Phillips’ opinion for UK Proptech Association quoted in property trade press

Six Pump Court’s Ian Rees Phillips has prepared an opinion on the business model utilised by online estate agents for the UK Proptech Association, an industry body for technology and property companies and individuals working in or interested in property-related technology. UKPA has released a

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19 Apr 2017

Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power”

Six Pump Court presents the first in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power” This seminar will examine the effect of legislative changes to judicial review procedures effected

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05 Apr 2017

Acquittal in death by dangerous driving case

Thomas Stern has secured an acquittal for a Czech lorry driver, Jaroslav Horvath, who was tried for causing death by dangerous driving. The incident occurred at 5am on 6th December 2015 at junction 7 of the M20, close to Maidstone. Jaroslav Horvath had parked his lorry on the hard-shoulder of

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05 Apr 2017

Planning enforcement and abandoned moorings 

The curtain has finally come down on the long-running planning enforcement case where William Upton has been advising the Broads Authority on the unlawful use of an old mooring basin. The continued pressure from the Broads Authority has now led to the landowner selling up, and abandoning his

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03 Apr 2017

The need for a new international environmental court

On 29 March, Stephen Hockman QC presented a lecture on the history of proposals for an international environmental court and explore how the idea might be taken forward, as well as discussing other related issues. The event took place in the Middle Temple Library. To view a copy of the

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03 Apr 2017

Stuart Jessop helps Taxi Association oppose new policy on knowledge test for new applicants

Stuart Jessop successfully represented a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver's Association in their opposition to a local authority's proposal to replace an existing knowledge test for new applicants with a simplified version to make it easier for new applicants to apply and be granted

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03 Apr 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility as a Legal Duty

In an article published on this website, Frances Lawson discusses whether corporate social responsibility is making a move from ‘soft law’ to ‘hard law’. She comments specifically on recent developments in France where the French Parliament has recently passed a law to shift what is broadly

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