Removing a problem employee from your business

If you need to remove an employee from your business, it can be a messy, costly and risky process. So, it is often in a business’ interests to avoid much of that by going straight for an agreed settlement. But […]

Continue Reading »

Prepare to pay compensation – what you need to know before you instruct a Commercial Agent.

It can be common for a business to appoint an agent to conduct some of its affairs. It usually happens when a company wants to distribute its products in another country or simply in another region of the UK and […]

Continue Reading »

Getting Construction Contracts Right

Construction contracts, usually in the form of a JCT or RIBA, are used so often and contain so much information that a lot of contractors will not pay proper attention to their contents. The temptation is to simply get on […]

Continue Reading »

The continued pitfalls of residential lettings

Despite new legislation affecting assured shorthold tenancies (AST) coming into force in 2015 and 2016, landlords are still falling foul of certain requirements. If a residential property is let to a tenant under an AST and the law hasn’t been […]

Continue Reading »

Property Litigation Case Law Update – June 2017

Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc -v- Kilby [2017] UK UT 248 [LC] This recent decision from the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) is a reminder to land owners that restrictive covenants are not always enforceable and those seeking to enforce […]

Continue Reading »

Vacant possession – an unachievable goal?

Case Law Update RIVERSIDE PARK LTD V NHS PROPERTY SERVICES LIMITED [2016] EWHC 1313 (CH) Until fairly recently it has been a standard condition of a break clause that the tenant needs to provide vacant possession on the break date. […]

Continue Reading »

Property Legal Update: September 2015

Wood v Waddington [2015] EWCA Civ 538 A reminder of the dangers of failing to expressly include rights in a transfer. In this case the owners were saved on appeal by section 62 of the Law of Property Act 1925, […]

Continue Reading »

Property Legal Update: June 2015

Birdlip Limited v Hunter and Hunter [2015] EWHC 808 (Ch) Useful clarification of the test when deciding whether estate scheme restrictive covenants are enforceable. In this case the parties owned adjoining properties which were both subject to a restriction not […]

Continue Reading »

Property Legal Update: March 2015

Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Knight Frank LLP [2014] EWHC 3347 (Ch) Welcome confirmation for valuers that their reports can only be relied upon for the purpose for which they were prepared. Although the principle has been long-established this case provides […]

Continue Reading »

Property Case Law Update: August 2014

Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust v Birmingham CC [2014] EWHC 2207 Following disclaimer, the landlord is liable for business rates until a new tenant is found. In this case, the Court had to decide who was liable for business rates […]

Continue Reading »