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What is the legal status of roadside tributes?

Roadside memorials to those who have died in traffic accidents are an increasingly popular way to pay tribute to the deceased. However, those involved in creating tributes, and the authorities responsible for local infrastructure often have differing needs, views, and desires and this can push the two parties into conflict. Main Concerns Without passing judgement…

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Changes to the Leasehold System – How Do They Affect You?

After the release of the latest committee report into the housing industry and developers’ use of leasehold agreements, many landlords are concerned that the government’s response could impact their businesses. Here, we look at the committee’s findings, examine what the government’s response is likely to be, and discuss the reaction of the housing sector so…

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When a Treasure hunt could land you in hot water

A recent campaign by Cadbury that encourages people to go treasure hunting has highlighted a problem that landowners across the country are facing – illegal metal detecting. It may seem like the plot from the whimsical BBC2 comedy Detectorists, and therefore relatively harmless, but the damage unlicensed metal detecting causes to fragile archaeological sites is…

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Change of use – what’s the process?

In a perfect world, you would be able to convert a commercial property from one type of business to another without having to jump through too many hoops or get tangled up in too much red tape. Unfortunately, though, this world is far from perfect, and a change of use can involve a surprising amount…