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Offences – psychoactive substances (1)

New legislation banning the ‘new generation’ of psychoactive substances came into force on 6 April 2016. The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to ...

Rectification – not in possession

The Register can be altered (rectified) to correct a mistake. Under Sched 4 LRA ...

Lease renewal – compensation

If L is opposing T’s statutory right to renew under LTA 1954 then T may be entitled to statutory compensation. That compensation will be calculated at the rateable value of the ...

SDLT – 3% extra

The 3% extra SDLT rate on purchases of additional residential properties came into force on 1 April 2016. The rules were summarised in our February 2016 issue ...

Part 36 – derisory offer?

A Part 36 offer is only valid if it is a ‘genuine attempt to settle the proceedings’. Is an offer to accept 95% of assessed damages (ie forego 5%) a ‘genuine’ ...

Conversion – ‘non-residential’

The conversion of a ‘non-residential part of a building’ into residential use may well attract zero rating. But, there are conflicting ...

Ambiguity – look at deleted words?

 If there is ambiguity in a document, then it may be possible to look at earlier drafts to see which words have been ...

Financial remedies – pensions

The challenge of offsetting pensions in financial remedies cases is not yet the subject of much formal guidance, but a recent ruling gives a considered overview. In this helpful article, the author explains the background ...

Client account – not a bank facility

The Law Society issued guidance on 18 December 2014 on the improper use of client accounts as banking facilities for clients (see our November 2015 issue, ...

Vicarious liability – wider interpretation

The Supreme Court has reviewed the law on vicarious liability and the end result is a more flexible ...

Obesity – disability?

Allowing staff to call a fellow employee ‘fat bastard’ could result in a claim for unlawful disability harassment. ...

Energy improvements – L’s consent?

From April 2016, Ls of domestic properties will not be able to ‘unreasonably’ refuse consent if T wishes to carry out ‘energy efficiency ...


Most-read articles

Conversion – ‘non-residential’
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The conversion of a ‘non-residential part of a building’ into residential use may well attract zero rating. But, there are conflicting decisions. Read more...
Client account – not a bank facility
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The Law Society issued guidance on 18 December 2014 on the improper use of client accounts as banking facilities for clients (see our November 2015 issue, p34).  Read more...
Part 36 – derisory offer?
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
A Part 36 offer is only valid if it is a ‘genuine attempt to settle the proceedings’. Is an offer to accept 95% of assessed damages (ie forego 5%) a ‘genuine’ offer or is it merely... Read more...
CIL – split application?
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Community Infrastructure Levy is generally chargeable on the internal floor space created by a planning permission. But, a recent case shows that an astute developer may be able to avoid CIL... Read more...
Vicarious liability – wider interpretation
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The Supreme Court has reviewed the law on vicarious liability and the end result is a more flexible approach. Read more...
Energy improvements – L’s consent?
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
From April 2016, Ls of domestic properties will not be able to ‘unreasonably’ refuse consent if T wishes to carry out ‘energy efficiency improvements’. Read more...
Lease renewal – compensation
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
If L is opposing T’s statutory right to renew under LTA 1954 then T may be entitled to statutory compensation. That compensation will be calculated at the rateable value of the property, but... Read more...
SDLT – 3% extra
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The 3% extra SDLT rate on purchases of additional residential properties came into force on 1 April 2016. The rules were summarised in our February 2016 issue (p7). Read more...
Financial remedies – pensions
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The challenge of offsetting pensions in financial remedies cases is not yet the subject of much formal guidance, but a recent ruling gives a considered overview. In this helpful article, the author... Read more...
Obesity – disability?
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Allowing staff to call a fellow employee ‘fat bastard’ could result in a claim for unlawful disability harassment. Read more...

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