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Country estate prosecuted after flanker blinded at shoot

With Boxing Day and the festive season being some of the busiest times of the year for shooting, the following case provides a timely reminder to comply with Health and Safety regulations. The case concerns a sporting and country estate that was sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered a life changing injury. The…
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Horses and the Planning System

Horses are an important part of the rural economy, but because they are generally not considered to be “agricultural” they often present headaches for planning purposes. Agriculture is currently defined in Section 336 (1) of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990, although the definition dates further back to the 1940’s. In terms of horses,…
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Farm Business Tenancy Transfer of Shares

When granting a farm business tenancy (FBT) to a company consider restricting the tenant company's ability to transfer shares in the company without the landlord's consent. Whilst unusual to grant a FBT to a company (usually the landowner wants to control the identity of the tenant and therefore grants the tenancy to a named individual),…
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