Insights: Legal Updates - June 2018

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What a waste: landlords beware!

Nick Wood |

Introduction A landowner has been convicted of a criminal offence and given 150 hours of unpaid work and a fine of almost £20,000, all because of waste left at its property by its tenant. Read on to find out how this happened and how you can avoid making the same mistake. The facts Our unfortunate […]

Duty of care of lenders and valuers to third parties

Wing Tang, Tom Bolam |

In the recent case of Rehman and Rehman v Santander UK Plc and BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited the High Court was asked to consider whether a lender owed a duty of care to a borrower’s guarantors in respect of a valuation report commissioned by the lender. Facts The borrower […]

Buyer’s solicitor beware

Alice Morrissey |

We now live in a world where identify theft is commonplace and fraudsters are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their pursuit of unsuspecting victims as modern technology helps to facilitate their dastardly deeds. The recent cases of Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya (Dreamvar) and P&P Property Ltd v Owen White and Catlin LLP (P&P) […]

No ‘get out of jurisdiction free’ card available to sanctioned entity

Alexander Sandwell |

The recent decision in the Kamoto Copper Company SA v (1) Africa Horizons Investments Ltd and (2) Ventora Development SASU case highlights the challenges that a party subjected to US sanctions may face attempting to circumvent an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of the English courts. The Claimant, a subsidiary of the mining giant Glencore, […]

CVAs and leases: What obligations are left if the CVA fails?

Leanne Meredith |

Proposing a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) is currently a popular option for companies facing financial difficulties. Creditors of companies such as BHS, Prezzo, Toys R Us, Maplin, Byron Burgers and New Look have all recently agreed to the companies operating under CVAs. Several other retailers are rumoured to be likely soon to follow suit. The […]