Taylor Walton helping start-ups get started

Following a successful career with an employer, taking the decision to create your own business is a big step and not one to be taken lightly. This was the situation for Simon Cox, Managing Director of new independent land agency Walter Cooper, who sought the support of legal teams at Taylor Walton to smooth the…

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Opportunities for Innovation: the UK Housing Landscape

As the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday fades into distant memory and stamp duty rates and everyday life return to “normal”, where are the opportunities for investors, developers and homeowners in the current UK housing market? Low interest rates & 95 % Mortgages Competitive finance remains a strong opening. While interest rates remain low, finance…

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Michael Gove and Sarah Vine separate after 20 years of marriage

Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove and his wife, Sarah Vine have recently announced their agreement to separate and are said to be in the latter stages of finalising their divorce.  It is reported that it is an amicable separation and the couple have drifted apart. For a couple intending to divorce in England and Wales,…

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Commercial Lease Forfeiture: UPDATE

The recent Supreme Court decision in the case of The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Ltd serves as a timely reminder that the right of forfeiture (and relief from it) is not reserved solely for leases. Although the facts of the case are highly specific, the decision reiterates that even a licence or easement…

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When is a garage not for cars?

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get to the other side.  When can you drive your car to your garage?  It depends what your lease says. You may think that it goes without saying that a garage has to be accessible by car, but this was not what the Upper Land Tribunal found…

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MEES: The impact of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards on commercial lettings

Any commercial letting, subletting, tenant or landlord works, dilapidations claim and rent reviews effected on or after 1 April 2018 will be affected by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (“MEES”) introduced by the government.   What’s happening? From 1 April 2018 a landlord cannot lawfully grant a new tenancy, and from 1 April 2023 cannot extend or renew…

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