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Bloomsburry Family law

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Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc v Commissioners of Customs and Excise [2003] UKHL 29

Taxpayer decided to dispose of five of its leasehold properties by sub-letting them - Taxpayer did not succeed in sub-letting any of properties until after 1995 - Taxpayer elected for taxation under sched 10 para 3(1) Value Added Tax Act 1994 with effect from November 1995 - Taxpayer not entitled to reclaim input tax under reg 109 Value Added Tax Regulations 1995 in respect of the rent and service charges paid during the vacant unelected period

South Buckinghamshire DC v SoS for Transport, Local Government & the Regions [2003] EWCA Civ 687

Human Rights - Application by gypsy for retention of residential mobile in green belt area - Inspector erred in concluding that there were very special circumstances justifying development which was otherwise inappropriate in green belt terms under para 3 of PPG 2 - Inspector failed to consider properly unlawfulness of applicant’s occupation - Particular needs of applicant to be balanced against needs of community - Character of use of land central to planning decisions - Grant of planning permission personal to applicant quashed - Town and Country Planning Act 1990, s 288

Child law update

Pauline Fowler and Alison Burt scrutinise: Adoption and Children Act 2002; the position of step-parents in adoption; intercountry adoption; increasing adoption; amendments to the Children Act; the Victoria Climbié Report; unknown perpetrator cases; guardians; and managing public law cases

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