Every email user is aware of the risk that so-called ‘fat finger syndrome’ may result in a message being sent to the wrong address. The consequences can be more than just embarrassing, but a High Court case showed that judges can act with great speed in limiting any damage caused. In response to a complaint,…

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Many divorcing couples are attracted to arbitration as a swift and relatively cheap alternative to resolving financial issues in court. However, as a High Court ruling made clear, arbitrators’ decisions, even if not perfect, are final. An arbitrator to whom a couple had submitted the financial aspects of their divorce for resolution decided, amongst other…

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In a guideline decision of great interest to commercial property landlords, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled that prestige office premises which were stripped back to bare in preparation for the arrival of a new tenant had a nil rateable value. The case concerned two floors of an iconic 50-storey office block which, in line…

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So-called squatters’ rights mean that when it comes to land ownership, it really can be a case of use it or lose it (potentially). In a case on point, three siblings who let the weeds grow in a field given to them by their father came within an whisker of having the property taken from…

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There are roads and there are highways, but is there any real distinction between the two that can be legally defined? The High Court addressed that important issue in a case of interest to property and planning professionals. A property developer obtained outline planning permission to construct business units on an edge of town site.…

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Large infrastructure projects almost always require compulsory land acquisitions and that can also mean the extinction of thriving businesses. However, one company which suffered that fate reaped the benefits of professional advice when it was awarded more than £8 million in compensation. The company operated a waste transfer station, skip hire and recycling business on…

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Brexit: Business contracts implications. Departure will not take place immediately: there is a period of time when the United Kingdom can negotiate its future relationship with the European Union (EU). The process is regulated by law specifically and only by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Contrary to belief, a contract need not be in…

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Have you guaranteed a tenant in a business lease? In many business lease transactions especially where there is a limited company being the tenant, it is usual that a guarantor is found to give guarantee when the tenant may not be able to meet its obligations under the business lease. This is because a limited…

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Top 10 tips, when renting out your buy to let property – updated. A small minority of tenants are particularly astute in taking advantage of buy to let Landlords don’t become one of them. Do try and vet your potential tenants rather than just going for the first one who comes along. Asking questions about…

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