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Blog archive: March, 2019

Employment- Brexit Q&A

Did all UK employment rights originate in the EU? In short, no.  Whilst a significant proportion of the UK’s employment law comes from the EU, it might surprise you that the following (and a few other) employment rights originated here in the UK: Unfair dismissal Minimum wage Statutory redundancy pay Paternity leave Shared parental leave …

Employment- Brexit Q&A

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Pop-up retail – the answer to our struggling high streets?

Temporary letting of space is becoming ever more popular in the retail market.  Pop up shops in particular have a variety of benefits including the relatively low cost associated with securing and opening them.  By their very nature, they are almost tailor made for the sale of seasonal products, such as those associated with halloween …

Pop-up retail – the answer to our struggling high streets?

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When not to go to court – dilapidations update

A recent case provided an opportunity for the High Court to confirm the correct approach to assessing damages where a landlord has undertaken some but not all the repair works required under a lease.  In short, Car Giant leased units to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (“Hammersmith”) under full repairing leases which came …

When not to go to court – dilapidations update

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A reminder on ASTS

It’s important to remember when buying a property, subject to a tenant (an assured shorthold tenant (AST)) that the Right to Rent Regulations have been complied with.  These regulations require certain checks to be carried out by a landlord, before granting a tenancy. These include supplying an energy performance certificate, a gas safety certificate and …

A reminder on ASTS

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The death of a tenant may not mean the end of the tenancy

If you are a landlord or you are buying a property with a tenant, it is important to consider the issue of succession.  Where a tenant is protected by the Rent Act 1977, the landlord may well be burdened with a tenant for a number of years.  It is not uncommon for a buyer to …

The death of a tenant may not mean the end of the tenancy

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Brexit frustration

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), decided to relocate from its Canary Wharf premises to Amsterdam. The EMA tried to bring their lease at to an end, maintaining that the 25 year lease, granted in October 2014, would be ‘frustrated’ by the potential withdrawal of …

Brexit frustration

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Make Hay Whilst the Sterling is Weak

There is no point sugar coating the fact that potential buyers in the UK seem to be resting on their laurels right now when it comes to property investment.  A combination of Brexit, fear of rising interest rates and general anxiety over economic conditions seems to be putting those buyers off for now. Bucking this …

Make Hay Whilst the Sterling is Weak

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Warning: Probate fees increase

A controversial increase in probate application fees has moved a step closer to being introduced, after being narrowly approved at a parliamentary committee hearing earlier this month. The fee, which is currently £155 when using a solicitor and £215 when people apply directly, will now be applied on a sliding scale according to the value …

Warning: Probate fees increase

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