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Airbnb – unlawful letting

There has been an important Upper Tribunal decision on whether long-lease Ts can do short-term holiday lets (eg Airbnb). The conclusion is that, in most instances, such lettings will be in breach of the covenants ...

Civil partnerships and marriages – public information

The Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016, in force from 7 November 2016, allow individuals to lawfully obtain information on registered civil partnerships. Similarly, the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016 make it ...

Change of use – amalgamation

Planning permission is not generally required for internal works to a building. One exception to this is s55(3) TCPA 1990 which says that a change of use from one dwelling house (which includes a flat) ...

Offences – offensive weapons; sexual offences

When is an offensive weapon not an offensive weapon? Here, the author provides a useful update on recent rulings involving offensive weapons, and developments relating to sentencing and costs. Recent cases have considered the ...

MIB – foreign accidents

A UK claimant injured abroad by a foreign uninsured motorist may well be able to claim under the MIB. But, will damages be assessed under English law, or under the foreign ...

Forfeiture – peaceable re-entry

Imagine this scenario: in 1981 L lets garage business premises on a 75-year lease to T, for a market premium. But, T disappeared four months ago without explanation, leaving the premises empty, in disrepair, ...

Negligence – causation?

The principle set out in Donoghue v Stevenson was that a manufacturer owes a duty to the end user to take reasonable care to ensure that the produce (in that case, ginger beer) will not ...

DPA – subject access request

To what extent can an employer refuse to comply with a ‘subject access request’ because the employee is making the request purely to help with litigation against the ...

Wills – undue influence

This useful article considers the difficulties of proving undue influence where there are what the author calls ‘testamentary predators’, in light of a helpful illustration. He refers to precedent 222 Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Forms and ...

Costs budgets – two procedures

Practitioners are currently having to cope with two different costs budget regimes – one for proceedings commenced between 22 April 2014 and 5 April 2016, and the regime for proceedings commenced on or after 6 ...

Occupier’s liability – duty

Occupier’s liability duties towards visitors are set out in OLA 1957; duties to trespassers are in OLA 1984. Both Acts apply to ‘any danger’ due to the state of the premises or to things done ...

Freedom of information – commercial prejudice

The Freedom of Information Act 2003 exempts from disclosure information which ‘would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person’ (s43(2)). But, this is merely a ‘qualified exemption’ because even if ...


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