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  • When is a garage not for cars?

    Published by Joanna Scamman (15 April 2019)
    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 in the recent case of Park v F Morgan and C Morgan [2019] UKUT 20 (LC).  The case highlights the...
  • Olly Sheridan has been found

    The disappearance of Olly Sheridan and his mother has gained a lot of media attention.  Mr Justice Williams appealed for the return of Olly on 1 February 2019.  A tweet was published on the Judicial Office twitter page on the same date with the hashtag ‘comehomeolly’.  The Court has now confirmed that the mother and child’s whereabouts have been established. It is...
  • Protecting assets - Reasons for having a Will

    Published by Sarina James (28 February 2019)
    Almost everyone is keen to protect whatever assets they might have accumulated over the course of their lives. They have worked hard and want to make sure that once they are no longer around that their assets are passed on to their chosen beneficiaries for them to enjoy.   Having a Will Allows You to Achieve your Purpose of Protecting your Assets in Six Different...
  • Calling all HR Managers - Are you ready for 2019 and beyond?

      Brexit and Employment Law   Although it seems likely that the headlines will continue to be dominated by Brexit for some time to come, it is important that businesses do not overlook the various upcoming changes in employment law which will take place in 2019 and beyond. We are expecting 2019 to be a challenging year for HR managers with lots of significant developments to get to grips...
  • Are you up to date on employment status?

    Published by Nicola Smyrl (25 February 2019)
    Employment status and the gig economy were rarely out of the headlines in 2018 and this theme seems set to continue in 2019 and beyond.    Contractors vs Casual Workers - Employment Rights   This month has seen a further decision of the employment tribunal confirming that “freelance” lecturers for the National Gallery were workers with limited employment rights rather...
  • A Step-Parent’s New Year’s Resolution

    Published by Anna Patsalides (07 January 2019)
    The Office for National Statistics recorded that there are 102,037 divorces in England and Wales in 2017.  With more people embarking on second marriages, it is unsurprising that many more families are considering step-parent adoption.  Who Can Apply For Step-Parent Adoption?   There are certain eligibility requirements that a step-parent will need to meet in order to be able...
  • Shareholder Disputes

    Published by Jeremy Brockis (31 October 2018)
      Removing a Shareholder Who Is Also a Director and Employee of the Company There are various reasons why a company would want to remove a shareholder. It could be that the shareholder is considering other investments or perhaps need their money for personal reasons. It could also be due to the death of a shareholder or in some instances, a dispute between the company and the...
  • Commercial Property - moving business premises

    Moving business premises can be an exciting step for a company that is enjoying growth, a lifeline for a business that needs to downsize, or a fresh start for a business that is relocating. But it should never be a leap into the unknown.   Practical Issues Before Moving Business Premises   Whether you currently own or rent, forward planning is essential to make sure your business can...
  • Deregulation Act 2015

    Published by Tracey Taylor (31 October 2018)
      When Was The Deregulation Act Put in Place?   The Deregulation Act came into force on 1 October 2015. The provisions of the Act increase the burden on landlords wanting to serve Notices under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 which allows a landlord to terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy at the end of the initial fixed term or later on a no-fault basis.  The new rules...
  • Are your contractors really contractors?

    Published by Anna Bithrey (30 October 2018)
    With the Court of Appeal hearing of the much publicised claims against Uber taking place in October, issues relating to employment status remain firmly in the spotlight. If your business engages self-employed contractors it is important that you have a grasp of the likely employment status of your staff and the implications of this. The law recognises three categories of employment status. At one end of...
  • New Scheme for Lease Renewals

    Published by Tracey Taylor (29 October 2018)
      The Court Service's New Pilot Scheme   The Court Service has initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals.  The pilot scheme presently only relates to proceedings issued in the Central London County Court since January 2018.  Proceedings which have been issued in the Central London County Court since this date...
  • Lease Renewals

    Published by James Carpenter (12 September 2018)
    Leasing the right property can make or break your business. Most commercial tenants wish to ensure that they can stay in their current premises when the lease is due to end; alternatively, you might need to seek new premises to accommodate any changes your business has undergone since taking on the lease.   Commercial Tenants Are Protected Under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 When Leases...
  • Unhappy wife “must remain married” to her husband

    Published by Will Mercer (25 July 2018)
    The Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has today given judgment on the appeal of a wife to previous decisions of the Courts in relation to her divorce.    The Story   Mrs Owens brought divorce proceedings in relation to her 40 year marriage in 2015 on the basis of her husband’s “unreasonable behaviour” but her husband has refused to agree to...
  • Justin” time for the World Cup Semi-finals

    Published by Olive McCarthy (10 July 2018)
      Protecting your Wealth when Getting Married   Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged! Both independent wealthy, will they protect their wealth before marriage? It is usual for such high profile people in the USA to have a prenuptial agreement/pre-marital agreement. Whilst such agreements are not currently legal binding in the UK, if entered into properly, significant weight will...
  • The “Payne” of separation

    Published by Olive McCarthy (02 July 2018)
      Legal Advice for Financial Support when Separating   Many unmarried couples think that having lived together for years they are on a par with married couples and will be entitled to be supported once they split if they are the financially weaker party or parent with care of the children. The myth of the “common law” husband and wife is just that a myth. Unless you are...
  • Just announced – a heterosexual couple have won their claim to have a civil partnership!

    Published by Olive McCarthy (27 June 2018)
      The First Heterosexual Civil Partnership   The supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of a couple who fought for the right to have a Civil Partnership instead of getting married in order to have the same rights in relation to inheritance, tax and pensions. The couple has been together since 2010 and have two children and wanted a Civil Partnership, something only previously afforded...
  • Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme

    Published by Hannah Borner (19 February 2018)
    Did you register an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney (EPA or LPA) between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017? If so, you may be entitled to a partial refund on the registration fee of up to £54 per document registered (see here for table of possible refunds). If you believe this applies to you as a donor, or to someone you are an attorney for, you can make a claim for a...
  • Good News for Freeholders as Court of Appeal Uphold Decision Relating to Lease Extension Costs

    Published by Kevin MacDonald (26 January 2018)
    The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate [2018] EWCA Civ 35 unanimously reaffirmed the Upper Tribunal’s decision when calculating premiums in connection with statutory lease extensions under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. The issue considered by the Court of Appeal concerned the issue of relativity when calculating...