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New Scheme for Business Tenants

HMCTS have initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals, by transferring them over from the Central London County Court to the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) Property Chamber. On a positive note, this should reduce unnecessary delays and force parties into focusing on the job at hand but …

New Scheme for Business Tenants

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The Supreme Court rules on the need for variations to be agreed in writing

In a decision last week (16 May 2018), the Supreme Court held that a variation clause (also known as a no oral modification (NOM) clause) is legally effective, restoring the order of the County Court which had been overruled by the Court of Appeal. Variation or NOM clauses are commonplace in contracts for various reasons …

The Supreme Court rules on the need for variations to be agreed in writing

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Disclosure – all change?

Over the coming months all eyes will be on the development of the area of ‘disclosure’ and the way in which that task is undertaken if the Disclosure Working Committee’s proposal for a mandatory disclosure pilot scheme goes ahead. The rationale behind the proposal is understandable. For anyone involved in commercial proceedings, disclosure is arguably …

Disclosure – all change?

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Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

Omitting to issue written terms and conditions can prove to be a very costly mistake indeed for any estate agent.  Regardless of the circumstances, you must ensure that you follow the so-called “information requirements” contained in the relevant legislation, otherwise you put at risk your prospects of receiving your commission. At the outset of any …

Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

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Can we have our house back please?

Want to do a favour for a friend or relative? Want to buy their property as an investment and help them out of financial difficulties? Beware how you conduct negotiations, make sure your agreements are recorded in writing and that you obtain expert legal advice. Otherwise you may find that your ability to recover the …

Can we have our house back please?

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Recruitment agency fee disputes: Do you abide by your own terms and conditions?

A recent case handled by Sherrards’ recruitment specialists, Barney Laurence and Hannah Jones, brought into sharp focus the importance of the client recruitment agency (“Company A”) following its own terms of business. Company A was engaged by Company B to source a candidate for a role. Company A supplied a quality candidate, whom Company B subsequently …

Recruitment agency fee disputes: Do you abide by your own terms and conditions?

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