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The UK's green agenda - the outcomes of COP27 and actions since COP26

Just over a year ago world leaders, policymakers, scientists and environmental activists gathered in Glasgow for COP26. Now many of those same people have also travelled to Egypt to attend this year's summit for what has been billed as “A moment of truth for the international community”.

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21 November 2022 Browne Jacobson advise Charterpoint on development plans for local centre and care home in vibrant Leicestershire community

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham based developer Charterpoint on its joint development plans with landowner Drummond Estate on land at New Lubbesthorpe, a vibrant new community located in Blaby, Leicestershire.

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17 November 2022 Browne Jacobson’s retail lawyers advise wilko on its strategic £48m sale and leaseback of Nottinghamshire distribution centre to DHL

National law firm Browne Jacobson has advised long standing retail client, wilko on the sale and leaseback of its Nottinghamshire distribution centre in Worksop to logistics specialist DHL for £48m.

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17 November 2022 Suzanne Harlow joins Browne Jacobson as Non-Executive Director

Law firm Browne Jacobson is pleased to announce that Suzanne Harlow has been appointed Non-Executive Director of its Retail, Consumer & Logistics sector. Suzanne was previously Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RSL Awards and global lifestyle brand Jack Wills. Suzanne has also held a variety of senior executive and Board positions whilst at Debenhams.

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Legal update

17 November 2022 Hillside – the end of drop in applications?

On 2 November 2022, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the much awaiting case of Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2022] UKSC 30. The Court’s judgment suggests that the long established practice of using drop-in applications is in fact much more restricted than previously thought. This judgment therefore has significant implications for both the developers and local planning authorities.

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Legal update

16 November 2022 Beauty Industry - Plastic Packaging Tax

The Government’s complicated new plastic packaging tax, which applies from 1 April 2022, provides another reason to start looking at alternative packaging materials. Current demand for those materials is however causing price rises and potentially deterring the switch.

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Legal update

14 November 2022 Is this the end for free returns?

Earlier in the year a number of fashion retailers, boldly announced the introduction of a charging fee for returning any product purchased via their online store. Yet, despite this commercial, and perhaps somewhat controversial decision, at least one major fashion giant that adopted this approach has recorded ‘historic highs’ in its September profits.

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AI generated designs on retail products

Every AI will have its own terms of use. DALL·E 2’s Terms of Use dated 3 November 2022 specify that as between a user and Open AI, a user owns their prompts and uploads. Open AI also assigns to the user all rights in any images generated by DALL·E 2 for that user (subject to the user complying with those Terms of Use, and to a licence to use inputs and output to develop and improve the services).

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10 November 2022 Former Mace Group Legal Director joins Browne Jacobson as Non-Executive Director of its Construction & Real Estate sector

Browne Jacobson has appointed Amy Chapman, the former Group Legal Director of global built environment experts Mace Group, as its first Non-Executive Director (NED) of its Construction & Real Estate sector strategy board.

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Legal update

9 November 2022 Five “takeaways” in claims against mortgage brokers following Taylor v Legal & General Partnership Services Ltd [2022] EWHC 2475 (Ch)

Claims arising from interest-only mortgages have been farmed in volume. Many such claims to date have sought to drive a narrative that interest-only mortgages are an inherently toxic product and brokers were negligent simply for suggesting them. Taylor is a helpful recalibration, focussing instead on what the monies raised by the mortgage product were being used for and whether the client understood the inherent risks.

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