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Mark Carlisle

Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations published

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

The government published the Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations (SI 2020/41) on 22 January 2020. The Regulations allow the Countryside Stewardship grant scheme to open for applications in February 2020.

The scheme will provide funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements through activities such as:

  • Conserving and...

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Mark Carlisle

Government provides update on Ash Archive initiative

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 17 January 2020, the government provided an update on its Ash Archive initiative. The initiative, which was aimed at maintaining and restoring ash in the British landscape following the Ash dieback disease outbreak, has successfully planted 3,000 trees in Hampshire. The initiative will continue to monitor the tolerance to...

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Mark Carlisle

Government scheme funds village halls in England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 January 2020, the government has funded £1.2 million to village halls in England for these communities to make refurbishments. The fund recognises the importance of village halls and the scheme will allow village halls to continue to effectively play a role in rural communities.

Village hall committees can apply...

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Emma Northover

Simultaneous Deaths. Who died first?

Posted by Emma Northover on January 20th 2020 in DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

It is an unusual situation when the order of two deaths becomes so relevant but, in the case of Scarle deceased, the Court had to consider forensic evidence after a married couple where both found dead in their home.

The order of the couple’s deaths became important when it transpired that...

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Richard Glanville

Environment Agency deadline to upgrade or replace existing septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England

Posted by Richard Glanville on October 28th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY , MOVING HOUSE .

Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.

The Environment Agency (EA) state that options for upgrading or replacing include:

  • Connection to mains sewer (where available).
  • Installation of a drainage field to discharge to ground instead.
  • Replacing the septic tank with a small sewage...

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Sanjeev Harash

Gifting large sums of money

Posted by Sanjeev Harash on October 21st 2019 in MOVING HOUSE .

Giving large sums of money as a gift, whether for a young person to buy a home or to a partner, comes with a host of potential financial traps.

Any gift is tax-free, provided the person making it lives for seven more years. So giving a deposit for a home should not...

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