Posted: Author: Ruth Harding

Section 106 payments axed for small developments and self-builds

As part of the Government’s latest planning reforms aimed at boosting the economy and providing incentives for self-builders and small scale developers, it has introduced a new threshold for S106 payments. As of 28 November 2014, financial contributions for affordable housing and other “tariff-style” contributions can no longer be sought for the following types of… Read more »

Posted: Author: Huw Miles

One divorce size does not fit all

I was sad to read Simon Kelner’s ill considered article in the Independent on Friday, in which three claims were made. Apparently, the legal system is “rigged in favour of the lawyers”. Divorce lawyers encourage clients to “focus solely on financial settlement”, leading to “mercenary behaviour”. Lawyers promote conflict, as they have “everything to gain… Read more »

Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

New EU Food information for Consumers Regulation comes into force tomorrow

On 13 December, new European legislation will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged. This will include, for example, restaurants, deli counters, kebab houses, sandwich shops, cafes, workplace canteens and bakeries. There will also be changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in prepacked foods. Currently the rules on labelling… Read more »

Posted: Author: Allison Fuller

Stamp Duty ‘slabs’ get axed

New rules come into force today regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax payable on the purchase of residential freehold property. Under the previous ‘slab’ based structure, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was paid at a single percentage rate of the entire purchase price. Instead of this slab type arrangement, the new scheme works in much the… Read more »

Posted: Author: Sarah Wheadon

40% of construction sites fail unannounced inspection

In September we alerted readers to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) four week unannounced inspection programme targeting refurbishment projects. Results published this month show that there were poor standards or dangerous practices at 691 out of the 1748 sites visited. One in five was so bad that enforcement action was needed with 548 prohibition/improvement… Read more »