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Business rates – stripping-out?

As the cost of business rates has soared in recent years, so property owners have become more concerned to minimise their liability. One ploy is to strip out vacant premises and then argue that ...

Procedure – Court of Protection

Practitioners are advised to prepare for the implementation of The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015 which amend the Court of Protection Rules 2007, introducing important changes. The majority of the Rules come into force ...

Multi-lets – heat regs

Important new rules come into force on 30 April 2015 for multi-let buildings with centralised heating or cooling systems. These provisions apply to Ls of all buildings (commercial or residential) containing more than one T, ...

Sentencing – magistrates

The £5,000 cap used to limit the maximum fines magistrates could impose has now been removed. Magistrates may now issue much higher penalties to offenders who have committed the most serious ‘Level Five’ offences, including: ...

Adoption – surrogacy

The court allowed an application by a biological father (F) for adoption of a child born following a surrogacy arrangement. In his judgment, Theis J helpfully outlines the law concerning single-parent adoption where a child ...

Social media – ownership?

The use of social media by employees can bring the risk of reputational damage to the employer. Perhaps more importantly, there are issues over who ‘owns’ the social media accounts. This is particularly important with ...

TOGC – ‘genuine’?

TOCG relief has recently been denied because the property structure set-up was not ...

Liquidated damages – or penalty?

A liquidated damages clause is one way of dealing with potential breaches of contract. Thus, the parties can agree at the outset pre-determined estimates of loss for the failure to comply with certain contractual obligations ...

Brussels Regs – summary

Brussels I applies to all proceedings commenced prior to 10 January 2015. For cases after that date, the new version of the Brussels Regs ...

Professional – update

QualitySolicitors is scaling back its ambitions: it has reduced from 120 to 100 firms, and abandoned links with WH Smith and LegalZoom. National advertising has largely been abandoned and it is moving towards a more ...

LR – leasehold maps

In October 2014 the LR introduced a radically different way of mapping leasehold titles. The end result is that conveyancers may receive a leasehold title plan that bears little or no relation to the actual ...


Most-read articles

Adoption – surrogacy
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The court allowed an application by a biological father (F) for adoption of a child born following a surrogacy arrangement. In his judgment, Theis J helpfully outlines the law concerning... Read more...
Agricultural – conversions
Thursday, 16 April 2015
In April 2014 the rules on agricultural-to-residential conversions were relaxed by the introduction of a new class of permitted development (Class MB).  Read more...
Brussels Regs – summary
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Brussels I applies to all proceedings commenced prior to 10 January 2015. For cases after that date, the new version of the Brussels Regs applies: Read more...
Business rates – stripping-out?
Thursday, 16 April 2015
As the cost of business rates has soared in recent years, so property owners have become more concerned to minimise their liability. One ploy is to strip out vacant premises and then argue that they... Read more...
CFA – Cancellation of Contracts Regs
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Workplace Regs 2008 have recently been held to apply to a CFA. Because the Regs were not observed, it followed that the CFA was... Read more...
Liquidated damages – or penalty?
Thursday, 16 April 2015
A liquidated damages clause is one way of dealing with potential breaches of contract. Thus, the parties can agree at the outset pre-determined estimates of loss for the failure to comply with... Read more...
LR – leasehold maps
Thursday, 16 April 2015
In October 2014 the LR introduced a radically different way of mapping leasehold titles. The end result is that conveyancers may receive a leasehold title plan that bears little or no relation to the... Read more...
Multi-lets – heat regs
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Important new rules come into force on 30 April 2015 for multi-let buildings with centralised heating or cooling systems. These provisions apply to Ls of all buildings (commercial or residential)... Read more...
Procedure – Court of Protection
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Practitioners are advised to prepare for the implementation of The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015 which amend the Court of Protection Rules 2007, introducing important changes. The... Read more...

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