Articles & Downloads / 2017 / February


Rachel Toner

Legal Survival Kit for the First Time Buyer

20 February 2017

Purchasing your first home can be a daunting prospect. We’ve put together a guide to the key issues that can negatively impact on a first-time home buyer, the key stages of the buying process and some helpful professional tips regarding the legalities of your purchase. Read More


Regulations set out new rules for the disposal of food waste by businesses

Regulations set out new rules for the disposal of food waste by businesses

16 February 2017

Worthingtons Solicitors recently acted in the takeover of a well-known restaurant chain. As part of the due diligence process we discovered all there is to know about food waste and the FOOD WASTE REGULATIONS (Northern Ireland) 2015 that came into operation on 14th February 2015. These Regulations provide for the collection, transport and treatment of food waste, and for related matters and the different obligations under the Regulations come into force on different dates between 2015 and 2017. Read More


Waste Matters - The Legal Hierarchy Attributable to Waste and What Companies Need to Know

Waste Matters - The Legal Hierarchy Attributable to Waste and What Companies Need to Know

13 February 2017

In Northern Ireland, any dealings with waste material are controlled by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) under management licences. Certain activities which ‘recover’ waste are exempt from licensing if they meet the requirements of Regulation 17 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (NI) 2003. A similar concept applies in England and Wales. In that jurisdiction if waste activities are seen as waste recovery, an exemption or ‘standard rules’ permit will be granted. However, if waste activities are found to simply dispose of waste, a special ‘bespoke rules’ permit will be granted which is more expensive and subject to heightened regulation. Read More


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