“Electricity” – a song written by Elton John and Lee Hall for Billy Elliot – reveals young Billy feeling “electricity, electricity, sparks inside of me, and I’m free, I’m free”. Some tenants of multi-let buildings may also feel as free as Billy, knowing they may be free to choose their own energy supplier. In 2008, […]
The ruling in Marex Financials provides a new useful tool against third parties dissipating a judgment debtor’s assets, says Leigh Callaway In a judgment that will be of interest to judgment creditors and debtors alike, in Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja Garcia  EWHC 918 (Comm), Mr Justice Knowles considered whether a shadow director who […]
New legislation introduced to extend digital connectivity, regulate direct marketing and protect consumers from unexpected phone bills and ticket bots. The Digital Economy Act 2017 (Act) has officially made its way into UK law. The Act addresses some of the many issues arising in conjunction with the surge in use of technology, digital media and […]
Many occupiers pay their rent to offshore landlords. For decades it has made good tax planning sense for landlords – and other owners of UK real estate – to be based offshore. Holding a land interest from outside the UK has historically allowed appreciation in the value of property to escape UK tax. And whilst […]
We are all used to problems cropping up during the course of a property deal, so the ability to mitigate these as much as possible in advance can be crucial. An increasingly regular issue seems to be that of insurance broker letters. Engaging a broker at the earliest opportunity in a deal is key. We […]
Landowners whose property is subject to rights of way, either for the benefit of owners of adjoining land or for their own occupational tenants, will often want to manage the land over which the rights are exercised. In particular, there may be good reasons to install security measures, such as gates or bollards, to ensure […]
How should a personal representative (PR) deal with a request from a beneficiary for an interim distribution before the estate is finalised? Estates can take many months to conclude but a beneficiary may be in need of some of their inheritance sooner. Can an executor help out without putting him or herself on the line? […]
A recent case demonstrates the importance of having a written agreement in place, no matter how tempting it may be to solely rely on oral terms. Graham Leslie v Farrar Construction Ltd is a Court of Appeal decision regarding the recovery of overpayments made to a contractor. Mr Leslie and the contractor, Farrar Construction, entered […]
Is Formula One about to turn a corner? Following the acquisition of Formula One by Liberty Media, Mark Buckley and Thomas Maw of Fladgate LLP assess the potential for Formula One to reinvent itself under new leadership, the opportunities presented by digital media platforms and new sponsorship models in order to engage with new audiences […]
There are new clauses in JCT contracts that require careful consideration. Some important changes have been introduced in the latest updates to the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) suite of standard form contracts with which users must become familiar. The updates will affect most construction projects in the UK, where JCT contracts remain the most commonly […]
Overview The Court of Appeal upheld an injunction against a developer sought by a neighbour whose right to light had been infringed by an external staircase which the developer had erected in breach of an undertaking it had given to the neighbour. The Court dismissed the developer’s appeal and held that, in the circumstances, the […]
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