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Manorial rights and the 12 October 'deadline'

Julie Robinson
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Since midnight on 12 October, manorial rights have no longer been overriding interests. An overriding interest is an interest in land which binds buyers or owners of land even if it does not appear on the register. In short, midnight on 12 October is not a...

Town and Village Green registration: Act now to protect your assets

Julie Robinson
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Protecting your land against registration as a town or village green by those opposed to its development has – as from today, 1st October – become a little bit easier in England. It does, however, need action from you as landowner (or...

AWB abolition: doing nothing is not an option

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We are fast approaching 1st October 2013, a significant date for farming businesses in England that employ agricultural workers. As from 1st October the comprehensive employment framework that has laid down minimum wages and other terms of employment in...

Should farm businesses have a social media policy?

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Tesco has one, law firms have them, but few farm businesses do. Should they? Farms are one of the most dangerous places to work. Whereas, for office-based businesses, social media 'issues' tend to be about using work time for keeping up with news...

Designation of flood risk management features - one year on

Julie Robinson
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It is almost a year since the 'designation of features' elements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 came into force. The Act itself came out of the Pitt Review that followed the widespread floods of 2007. One of Pitt's recommendations was...

All change at the Agricultural Land Tribunal

Alan Plummer
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Last month we saw the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board in England. This month we have seen the demise of the seven agricultural land tribunals in England, specialist bodies known to few outside the farming community. Agricultural land tribunals have...

Life After the Agricultural Wages Board

Phil Cookson
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We have now had formal confirmation that  25 June will mark the end of the Agricultural Wages Board in England. The current Agricultural Wages Order will remain in force until 1 October 2013.  From 1 October employers will be free to engage new...

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board - Advice for Employers

Phil Cookson
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"The Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales is abolished." With those ten words section 72 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 brings to an end almost a hundred years of agricultural wages board history. The first boards were...

Update on CAP Reform: hot from the press conference

Julie Robinson
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EU farm ministers met yesterday morning to discuss the new direct payments regulation. Simon Coveney, the Irish Farm Minister, held a press conference at lunchtime to give an update on progress. (The Irish hold the Presidency of the Council for the first...

The Model trustee: a Roythornes Podcast

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Accepting an invitation to be a trustee is not for the fainthearted. Graham Smith, partner at Roythornes, and acknowledged expert in taxation and trusts, suggests you should think about it at least six times before saying yes! If, having thought about it,...

Renewable energy for all?

Tom Foottit
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A few days ago we joined forces with Fisher German's renewables experts to run a seminar for our clients and others with a serious interest in renewable projects. There was certainly no shortage of energy in the room. Far from it, almost everyone who...

Pawson: Upper Tribunal rules against the taxpayer on holiday lettings

Jarred Wright
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Hotly debated and long-awaited, the Upper Tribunal decision in the Pawson case has been published. And it is not good news for the taxpayer. The Tribunal found that the deceased’s holiday bungalow had been held “mainly as an investment”. As...

Green about the Green Deal?

Julie Robinson
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The Government’s Green Deal is up and running. Householders are able to sign up to finance plans from today, 28 January 2013, as are landlords and tenants in the private rented sector. There is even a first-come, first-served cashback scheme to...

Agricultural Wages Board - Has the axe been axed?

Phil Cookson
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The House of Lords Grand Committee voted on amendment 28ZK to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill on 16 January. That was an amendment to the effect that the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales should be abolished.  At Grand Committee...

On CAP Reform, entitlements and simplification

Julie Robinson
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Britain's membership of the EU has been the hot topic over the last few days. It is no coincidence that the Defra Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, took to his keyboard today to answer questions on CAP Reform during a web chat hosted by the Farmers...

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board - Update

Phil Cookson
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We have already blogged twice about the abolition of the AWB. That’s because it matters to our clients, most of whom are in the camp that would welcome the removal of the Board and the opportunity for greater flexibility in employment packages. Some,...

Speak up on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board

Phil Cookson
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This post follows one we wrote in July , in which we wondered out loud what was holding up the Government's plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board. Almost three months on, there has been some movement. The Government has issued a consultation on...

Ag tags and adequate market testing

Tom Foottit
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It can be frustratingly difficult to show that an agricultural occupancy restriction on a property is obsolete. A recent decision by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)* contains some useful pointers about what a rigorous market testing exercise would look...

When the grain hits the fan...

Alan Plummer
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If nothing else, there looks like being a bumper crop of contract disputes this year. The difficulties with harvest have been reported on widely (see the BBC's bank holiday coverage ) and the quality - particularly of wheat - is variable. Many grain...

On rents and rules and ruing the day...

Alan Plummer
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The Tenant Farmers Association have put out a strongly-worded press release about the hard-line approach being taken by the Crown Estate on rents. The full press release is here.  The thrust of the TFA’s message is that the Crown Estate seems to...

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