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Housing & Planning Act 2016 – Summary

After much to-ing and fro-ing between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Housing & Planning Act 2016 (“HPA”) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. We have provided a summary of the key points in the Housing & Planning Act 2016 below.

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Property protection and other will trusts

There are many reasons why a person making a will (the testator) may wish to incorporate a trust, including: • to protect young or other vulnerable beneficiaries • to ensure that assets are safeguarded within the family • to maximise tax reliefs

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Legal Guides

Go to guide to starting a business

Being your own boss has many advantages. You must have the right processes and contracts in place to protect your idea and you must be able to finance your venture as it grows, particularly if you are going it alone.

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Guide to funding a litigation claim

Before you can decide whether to pursue or defend a claim, you need to know how much the process will cost, when the fees will need to be paid and what the options are for funding those costs.

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Guide to arbitration and divorce

Family law has undergone a quiet revolution over the last few years with the introduction of the single family court, the introduction of compulsory mediation, and the withdrawal of legal aid for the majority of cases.

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Legal Articles

Changing pattern of land ownership

Have recent market pressures changed the pattern of land ownership? Have investors deliberately targeted land to take advantage of the huge premium conferred on land values by the granting of planning permission for development?

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Cost-cutting dictates who gets surgery

The latest target for cost-cutting in the NHS is smokers and the overweight who are being refused elective surgery by over a third of Commissioning Clinical Groups (CCGs) according to a recent report by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

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