October 2015 Archive

Administration fees are not planning obligations

It is now common practice for developers to simply cite the Oxfordshire County Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others ([2015] EWHC 186 (Admin)) case as providing justification as to why Councils’ / County Councils’ monitoring / administration fees are not justified and, therefore, should not be paid. However, I believe that this blanket approach is incorrect.

Heart of England NHS Trust at the heart of a new scandal

In the wake of the Ian Paterson scandal (the surgeon suspended two years ago for performing unauthorised ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomies), another surgeon has been suspended from the same NHS Trust after carrying out prostatectomies after concerns over the techniques he used. Consultant urologist, Manu Nair, was suspended in 2014 and had restrictions placed on his licence to practice by the GMC as a result of his treatments for prostate cancer which have left some patients complaining of constant pain, infertility and incontinence.

Commercial property leases

There has been little speculative building over the last few years and there is a lack of good quality property out there ready to occupy. A lot of the stock available is old and does not put forward to the occupier’s customers the image that they now want to project.
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