Extension to London emission zone set for 2021

In line with the government’s commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2050, further efforts to cut emissions are set to be enforced in 2021. From 25 October next year, central London’s existing Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded, creating a single larger zone bounded by (but not including) the North Circular and South Circular […]

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MyHMCTS – the future of legal services?

Here at Woodfines, we are always looking for quicker and more efficient ways to assist our clients in reaching the very best outcomes. That’s why our Family Law team is now using the government’s online portal for legal professionals, MyHMCTS, to issue divorce petitions and consent orders on behalf of our clients. Following pilot testing […]

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International haulage – preparing for Brexit

The UK’s Brexit transition period expires on 31 December 2020, with businesses across all sectors facing a raft of new rules from 1 January 2021. Those in the international road transport and haulage sector are arguably among those most affected by the changes that lie ahead. So, what will the sector look like post-Brexit? Paperwork […]

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What next for English agriculture?

On 30 November, the government published its Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024, a document it has termed a “roadmap to a better, fairer farming system”. With just weeks left to go until the UK’s Brexit transition period expires, the UK will no longer be bound by the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from […]

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New change of use rules introduces greater flexibility

The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked a major reform to the use classes planning system, with new rules coming into effect on 1 September 2020. Under the 1987 Use Classes Order, businesses premises were categorised into four different use classes, within which a business could change how it used its premises without planning permission. These were: […]

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