Text accepted as a Will | Will reform
Post on 11 Oct 2017
On 9 October, a draft text message was accepted as a valid Will by the Brisbane Supreme Court. Mark Nichol, a 55 year old Australian man drafted a text leaving everything to his brother and nephew to the exclusion of his wife. The text message was found on his mobile phone after he had died. The...
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Department for Education | Schools Forums
Post on 11 Oct 2017
The Department for Education (DfE) recently published their updated guidance on schools forums, particularly aimed at local authorities and elected members of school forums. The DfE has focussed on updating two documents: the schools forum operational and good practice guide; and the schools forums...
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Post on 10 Oct 2017
The Electronic Communications Code gives licensed telecoms operators statutory rights to place and keep equipment on private land. A new Code (which will replace that in the Telecommunications Act 1984) is contained in the Digital Economy Act 2017. Until the new Code comes into force the old Code...
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Post on 9 Oct 2017
It seems like a long time ago that commentators were speculating about the impact that Brexit would have on education. One of the first issues to hit the news was students being too depressed to sit their exams. Over a year later, while it is hoped that students are happier to sit their exams, not...
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Post on 6 Oct 2017
This article was first published in Solicitors Journal on 6 September 2017 and is reproduced by kind permission. Pippa Allsop looks ahead to some of the potential problems facing international families – and family practitioners – when the UK leaves the EU. There is no doubt that family law reform...
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Post on 6 Oct 2017
Most people believe that they have the right to leave their estate to whoever they choose. For the most part, that is correct, but recent case law shows that it may not be so easy to disinherit children. The recent County Court case of Elena Alicia Nahajec v Stephen Fowle [2017] EW Misc 11 (cc)...
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Post on 6 Oct 2017
Organisations with standard terms and conditions or other template commercial agreements that are issued time and time again should consider the impact that Brexit could have on their supply chain. A review of such paperwork may allow drafting amendments to be made which could help to mitigate the...
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Post on 4 Oct 2017
The pork road to China Agribusinesses and farmers are likely to benefit from a major new export deal with China, concluded by the UK Government, as demand in China for UK produce grows. On 11 August 2017, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (“Defra”) formally announced the new...
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Agriculture
Post on 4 Oct 2017
Fracking is frequently seen as a potential solution to safeguarding the UK’s energy supply. However, fracking proposals are always surrounded by controversy and their impact on the locality, especially from an environmental perspective, generates intense debate, motivated by strong views on all...
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Agriculture
Post on 3 Oct 2017
There has been a very useful recent decision in a claim for accounts brought by a number of charity beneficiaries against Executor trustees. The Court Judgment is (perhaps surprisingly) well worth a read itself, but in the meantime, here is an undeniably engrossing summary. The case provides...
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