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'Worrying flaws' in push for mediation

There are “worrying flaws” in the government’s introduction of compulsory mediation awareness sessions for all divorcing couples, Resolution has warned.

Great expectations

In the second part of his guide to the new Family Procedure Rules, Duncan Adams discusses the duty to consider mediation as an alternative to court

Speakeasy

Weaning people off litigation is a great idea, but would a little more warning have hurt? Lindsay Halliwell offers a cautious welcome to the new rules making it compulsory for divorcing couples to consider mediation

R (on the application of WYE VALLEY ACTION ASSOCIATION LTD) v HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL & NATIONAL FARMERS' UNION (Intervener)

A judge had been wrong to find that a local authority had erred in law in deciding that a development consisting of the erection of polytunnels on farmland in an area of out-standing natural beauty did not fall within the description "projects for the use of uncultivated land or semi-natural areas for intensive agricultural purposes" in the Town and Country Planning (Environ-mental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 Sch.2 para.1(a). The local authority had not misunderstood the expression "uncultivated land or semi-natural area", and had given adequate reasons for its screening opinion that an environmental impact assessment was not required for the development.

The state we're in

The property market won't pick up until the debris of the financial crisis is cleared and lenders regain confidence, so what does the future hold for conveyancers? Brian Chrystal investigates

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