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Council's Drafting Error Opens Way for Change of Use

Planning permissions mean what they say and judges are very reluctant to imply terms into them, even in order to correct flawed drafting. That point was made by the High Court as it opened the way for a former DIY store to be used for food retailing. ...

An end to tribunal fees - The repercussions for employers

Between 2013 and July 2017, employees had to pay a fee if they wanted to take a case to tribunal.  Now that this fee has been abolished, Reggie Lloyd looks at the implications for employers and asks whether the number of claims will rise.   ...

Compensation Funds Care at Home for Injured Woman

Compensation in clinical negligence cases can enable families to remain together and provide a better quality of life for even the most severely injured. That was certainly so in one case in which solicitors representing a woman in a persistent vegetative...

Bar talk, watch what you say

When talking business in a pub, over a drink or two, could you inadvertently create a legally binding contract? For a contract to be binding there must be an offer, acceptance, an intention to be legally binding, consideration and certainty.  Contrary...

Motive seems irrelevant when it comes to landlords and the courts

Business tenants can be refused a new lease if their landlord wants to redevelop the property.  Keith Songhurst examines a recent case that appears to strengthen the hand of the landlord. Business tenants are usually entitled to renew their leases...

Crowdfunding - Could it save the village pub?

Crowdfunding typically involves a large volume of small donations in exchange for something, such as a prototype product (known as donation or reward crowdfunding).  But can crowdfunding be used to fund property purchases and, if so, what are the...

Court Corrects Parenthood Bungle

When a same-sex couple undertook fertility treatment which led to the birth of a baby girl, the intention was that both would be listed as her legal parents. However, due to mistakes made in processing the necessary forms, only one of the couple was shown as...

Voluntary registration - there are benefits

Since 2002, it has been compulsory to register property and land at HM Land Registry upon certain triggering events e.g. transfer, mortgage etc.  So is there any benefit of going to the expense of registering your property voluntarily? HM Land...

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

When a contract is breached and one party suffers a loss as a result, they are normally entitled to be compensated for their loss by the party that has breached the contract. Whilst there are a number of ways the breach can be dealt with by the courts, the...

A restrictive covenant or overage agreement might not always achieve what you think

It is now very common for landowners to sell their land subject to restrictive covenants or overage agreements – often both – with the aim of securing a share in the profits of any future development.  But as Miles Coates explains,...
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