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Pollution Penalty for Staffordshire Farmer

A farmer in Staffordshire was fined recently following pollution of Gayton Brook, Staffordshire where 3,000 fish perished. In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, the Staffordshire farmer pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching Environmental Regulations following two pollution incidents and failing to provide adequate effluent storage. The first incident occurred in September 2015…
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Equestrian Update “Sold as Seen” Offers Little Protection

Here we remind horse owners of the dangers of “sold as seen” horse purchases following a spate of recent cases.  The phrase is one that seems to be very widely misunderstood in the equine community as offering a cast iron protection for a seller. Sellers often use “sold as seen” in an attempt to record…
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Relief for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers across the UK are being offered a helping hand by the government which will include a range of measures such as compulsory milk contracts and a £10 million collaboration fund. Consultation in the coming months will centre on a fund that will work by bringing together and funding those interested in cooperation.  The…
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We’re hiring! Para-legal job opportunity

The continued growth of our business has given rise to a vacancy for a paralegal in our law firm. We are looking for someone with either experience in property law matters or with the drive and ambition to gain a good experience in that area. Our business has a good client base and aims to…
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Contractual Liability of Telecoms Operators

In PG Lewins Limited v. (1) Hutchinson 3G UK Limited and (2) EE Limited2018 (PG Lewins ltd) the Courts made a significant decision regarding the statutory rights of Telecoms Operators. The verdict means that if telecoms Operators fail to comply with their contractual obligations they are no longer able to use their statutory powers to…
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ANIMALS ACT 1971 – STRICT LIABILITY FOR FARMERS

If an animal injures someone or causes damage to property, the owner of the animal may be liable under the Animals Act 1971 (the Act).  The Act imposes strict liability on the owner of an animal that escapes and causes damage to land, buildings or people.  Interpretation of the Act can be unpredictable.  For example:…
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Farming Families and Proprietary Estoppel

Farming and farms often run in families: from generation to generation members of the same family may want to work the same land. But if the hand-over from one generation to the next is not openly and properly planned, preferably with legal advisors and all family members fully engaged, bitter disputes over inheritance expectations may…
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Horse grazing paddocks judged brownfield land

A recent decision on appeal regarding the definition of a parcel of land currently used for grazing and the keeping of horses has given cause to jump up out of the saddle. The appeal was made against an initial refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of 14 dwellings on a parcel of…
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Update on Telecoms Lease Reform

The Digital Economy Act came into force on 28 December 2017. What’s the effect? The main point of interest for landowners and land agents is the Act’s effect on new telecom mast leases, including a lease being currently negotiated, but excluding existing telecommunication agreements. The Act gives a site operator the right to unrestricted sharing…
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