Develop and be damned is not a good strategy
The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants.
A huge challenge: voluntary registration of local authority land
The Land Registry is actively working with the public sector to help achieve its aim of comprehensive registration of all freehold land by 2030.
How settlement agreements work and when to use them
Our drafting masterclass series continues with a look at settlement agreements. We will consider how settlement agreements work and when to use them, key terms and common negotiation points.
Discontinuance Costs in Arbitration Appeals
Sections 67 – 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) provide the bases on which an arbitral award may be appealed. In all cases, the bar to a successful challenge is very high. Who pays the costs of the litigation if the appeal is discontinued?
Stamp Duty Land Tax: important changes from 1 March 2019
From 1 March 2019, the period allowed in England and Northern Ireland for filing a Stamp Duty Land Tax return and paying the tax reduces from 30 days to 14 days.
An Exercise in Futility
A party on the receiving end of an adjudication is usually in a difficult position. Its situation is only made worse if the referring party is insolvent.
The implications of a no-deal Brexit for divorce
Following the ‘meaningful vote’, the historically huge defeat of the existing Brexit deal in the House of Commons and the ongoing constitutional contortions, it’s still unclear what Brexit will finally look like.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 is passed
A new act aims to boost standards in rented homes and give tenants more power to hold their landlords to account.
Quarterly employment case law update
In this article we take a look back at some of the key cases from the past three months and the lessons which we can learn from them.
Drug testing in the workplace: a warning for employers
The recent tribunal case of Ball v First Essex Buses Limited has demonstrated just how careful employers must be when conducting investigations and instigating disciplinary proceedings against employees who have fallen foul of a drugs test in the workplace.
Scottish Land and Buildings Transaction Tax: changes from 25 January 2019
The Scottish government has approved plans to change Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) rates and bands for non- residential transactions and to increase the rate of the Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS).
#MeToo: Risks for liability insurers and their insureds
One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.
Zero-hours contracts – common pitfalls for employers
Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices.
Property owner prosecuted for spread of Japanese knotweed
Bristol City Council has used its powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to prosecute a property owner for allowing the spread of invasive plant species Japanese knotweed.
Restrictive covenant modification also widens easement
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that the modification of a restrictive user covenant authorised a corresponding change in the permitted use of a right of way.
An unsatisfactory side effect of disclaimer
A trustee in bankruptcy lost all rights to the proceeds of sale of a freehold property after he disclaimed title to it
Drafting Employment documents: a new series for 2019
During 2019 we will be providing a series of articles on how best to draft certain commonly used legal documents within the human resources arena. This follows the success of last year’s Breaking Down the Handbook series, focusing on preparing policies and procedures for staff handbooks.
What impacts will a no deal Brexit have on data protection?
In a no deal Brexit, what rules will apply to privacy, data protection, direct marketing and electronic communications?