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39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Simon Edwards sums up key recent guidance of which practitioners should be aware

March heralded not only spring but also two new sets of guidance, one from the Law Society relating to the disclosure of wills and the other from the Office of the Public Guardian relating to the duties of professional attorneys.

Victoria Hutton outlines changes to the statutory challenge of planning decisions and orders

Those involved in procurement for development projects would be wise to take heed of certain legislative amendments to statutory challenges of planning decisions and orders which, at the time of writing, are due to come into force on 26 October 2015. In brief, the amendments involve the introduction of a permission stage prior to proceeding with the challenge, a small amendment to the date the time limit starts to run for certain statutory challenges and the introduction of an opportunity for applicants to bring statutory challenges to certain costs orders made in the planning context. The proposed changes may have significant repercussions for those seeking to manage the risks of a challenge being brought to the grant or refusal of permission in the procurement context.