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Table of Key Water Quality Directives (Uploaded: July 2015)
The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/ EC (WFD) sets the legal framework for protecting inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater in the European Union. It provides an integrated river basin system, which is underpinned by the use of environmental standards to assess water quality and identify the improvements required to bring waters back into a good condition.
The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003, SI 2003/3242 implement the main requirements of the WFD in England and Wales, including the introduction of river basin districts, river basin management plans and a programme of measures to achieve environmental objectives. This table provides a brief summary of the key European Directives which relate to water quality, including the WFD.
Brexit: Make or break for environmental law?
The political implications of the UK’s potential exit from the EU (“Brexit”) have been hitting the headlines as 2015 draws to a close. Here we look at how Brexit could work and what this could mean for certain environmental issues, such as the future of clean air and emissions, biodiversity, and renewable energy in the UK.
Authorised Guarantee Agreements and anti-avoidance issues (Uploaded: July 2016)
The provisions of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 have given rise to a confusing series of cases on the extent of guarantors’ liability, including issues arising from repeat guarantees and authorised guarantee agreements. This note sets out a succinct summary of the key cases – starting with Good Harvest in 2010 and concluding with the recent case of EMI Group Limited. We also distill the various authorities down to a summary of the current position and highlight drafting and arrangements which will contravene the provisions of the 1995 Act. Please complete the “unlock free downloads” form on the right in order to access this free content.
Ready to complete? Acquisition of a multi-let commercial property (buyer)—completion (Uploaded: April 2016)
To assist you in successfully completing the acquisition of a commercial property portfolio when acting for the buyer, we have released a free checklist based on our Practice Note: Acquisition of a multi-let commercial property (buyer)—completion (available with a subscription to LexisPSL Property or with a free one week trial). The checklist covers the steps and issues to consider on completion when acting, including a list of matters to ensure readiness for completion, what happens at the point of completion and what happens post-completion. Please complete the “unlock free downloads” form on the right in order to access this free content.
Common Structures for Leasehold Mixed Use Developments (Uploaded: July 2015)
When a proposed mixed use development includes a residential element, a degree of caution should be exercised. A number of potential risks/issues arise. A number of these can, however, be avoided/reduced by careful ownership structuring at the outset. This note details the most common pitfalls and risks and sets out (including detailed diagrams) the best structures to minimize risk and safeguard viability in the most common scenarios.
4 steps to take when acting on the grant of an easement over tenanted land (Uploaded: July 2015)
A tenant can acquire a right for the benefit of its lease against an adjoining landowner. A tenant can also acquire a right against its own landlord, another tenant of its landlord or a third party. When dealing with the landlord or property owner of tenanted land on the grant of an easement, it is important to check whether any tenant of that land has rights which would interfere with the grant of the easement or which may require the tenant to join in to effectively grant the easement.
Checklist: Reviewing a Funder Collateral Warranty (Uploaded: July 2015)
This checklist sets out the key issues to consider when reviewing a collateral warranty on behalf of a funder. The term ‘funder’ is used throughout to refer to any party that is providing finance in connection with a project.
Checklist: Changes under CDM 2015 (Uploaded: July 2015)
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) govern the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects in the UK. CDM 2015 replaced the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007). This checklist sets out a summary of the principal differences between the two regimes.