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Biodiversity offsetting in action
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Late concessions of liability
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The Care Act received Royal Assent last month. Judith Barnes
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Children: Disclosure update
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Employment: Austerity, redundancy and other measures
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Governance: Code of conduct v freedom of expresssion
The High Court recently cut the disqualification period imposed on a Welsh councillor. Nicholas Dobson
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Licensing: Primary gambling activity: the FTT view
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Planning: Enforcement appeals – an important judgment
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