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21 July 2017

A recent court case decided that the court will not consider the landlord’s motive for redevelopment but only their intention when deciding whether a landlord can successfully oppose an extension of a new lease. Certain tenancies allow tenants the right to renew their lease.  Landlords can however, provided they can establish one of several specified […]

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14 July 2017

The RSA Chief Executive and former advisor to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, has now published his recommendations for modern working practices. This report is central to the Government’s agenda for change on employment status and its efforts to ensure that the UK is fit for the flexible demands of modern work. What might be the […]

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07 July 2017

Two recent court cases serve as a warning to trustees that they must properly account to their beneficiaries and that they must do so for many years. In the first case the beneficiaries were charities including the RNLI.  The trustee had persistently failed to provide accounting information to the beneficiaries of a trust created in […]

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30 June 2017

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) will become effective in the United Kingdom. Their purpose is to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. In this, the first article of several between now and next May, we set out some of the key points that you […]

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23 June 2017

Generally it is the shareholders that hold the power in the company with the directors being responsible for its day to day running. In most successful companies the directors and shareholders work closely together and are open and transparent about the actions and direction the company will take. This is not always the case and […]

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23 June 2017

A recent High Court case provides a useful reminder of the circumstances when a party should not issue winding-up proceedings. RBK were Breyer’s sub-contractor in respect of a building project. RBK issued a winding-up petition against Breyer for non-payment of £258,729.16 in respect of goods supplied and services rendered at Breyer’s request under a written […]

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16 June 2017

Many people think that if their money is kept in a joint bank account held with their spouse, partner or child then the funds can continue to be accessed and used if they were to have a stroke or develop Alzheimer’s and lose mental capacity. Unfortunately this is not the case and is one of […]

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09 June 2017

The Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards recognise excellence from across all sectors of the industry.  The awards, held annually seek to recognise the very best practitioners at a national level.  We are therefore delighted to announce that our very own Tornike Purcell was awarded the Young Professional of the Year award at last nights […]

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09 June 2017

Theresa May’s now infamous view that being ‘bloody difficult’ is the best way to get a good deal, may today sound a little hollow, and it is not an approach that is to be recommended when trying to secure a business deal. When it comes to business negotiations, it is usually helpful for both sides […]

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02 June 2017

Income Tax The Conservative Party has reiterated their commitment to raising the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 and the threshold for the 40% tax to £50,000. UKIP have been even more generous in this regard, suggesting a raise in the personal allowance threshold to £13,500 and increasing the 40% income tax threshold to £55,000. […]

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26 May 2017

With another general election fast approaching we have compared and contrasted the mainstream English political parties’ manifestos in relation to their tax plans and see how these have changed since the last election in 2015. Given the surprise nature of the ‘snap’ election, there is not as much detail on tax policy as in the […]

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25 May 2017

When a flat owner decides to extend their lease or to join together with other flat owners in the building to collectively purchase the freehold, paying off any outstanding service charge on completion is a task that may not cross their minds when they initially instruct a solicitor. Moreover, constantly rising and unfair service charges in […]

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19 May 2017

We regularly advise businesses on securing investment and negotiate the associated contractual documentation. When an investor comes on board, the terms of investment should be made clear from the outset and a well drafted investment agreement can achieve this and provide a solid framework for the relationship between the parties. The subscription and shareholders’ agreement, […]

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19 May 2017

Our solicitors have just returned from The Business Show at London’s Excel. During the two days of the show 100 businesses took the Bolt Burdon Fit test designed to assess their business health and exposure to risk. The score papers are now being marked and the results will then be sent to the businesses together […]

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15 May 2017

We are pleased to be exhibiting at our first Business Show on 17 & 18 May and Excel London, stand 6086, where we will launch our Legal Fit Test. Our commercially savvy solicitors will be asking businesses at the show 12 simple questions designed to assess their business health and exposure to risk.  We will […]

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12 May 2017

With the number of people in London involved in the “gig economy” now sitting at 65,000 and the Government having commissioned a report into workers’ rights and practices, now is a good time to take another look at the issues. The phrase gig economy was coined at the height of the financial crisis in 2009, […]

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05 May 2017

The Court of Appeal has provided a useful reminder that there will be adverse costs consequences for the party to a dispute if they drag their heels on mediation.  It has long been accepted that parties in court proceedings must actively seek to resolve disputes using mediation or another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  […]

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03 May 2017

The Insolvency Rules 2016 came into force on 6 April 2017. It is hoped that their implementation save time and costs in the insolvency process, with the end goal of increasing returns to creditors. This note provides details of the key changes to the rules. Statutory forms no longer required The new rules remove the requirement […]

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28 April 2017

As increasing house prices in London make purchasing property even more unaffordable, first time buyers continue to find it difficult to climb onto the property ladder. Together with the high London prices they also have to pay the additional and usually considerable stamp duty land tax. Stamp duty is a tax paid by the buyer […]

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21 April 2017

As you may remember from our recent blog (10th March), the Ministry of Justice was planning to substantially increase the existing probate fees from May this year, in some cases by as much as 12,903%, causing many critics to describe them as a ‘death tax’.  The Government has, however, announced today that it will be […]

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20 April 2017

The Court of Appeal has provided a useful reminder that a solicitor must advise a client that there could be an alternative interpretation to a clause in a document that could lead to a dispute. Facts Mr Balogun (“the Claimant”) instructed Boyes Sutton & Perry (“the Defendant) a firm of solicitors, in relation to the […]

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13 April 2017

A case last year considered the balancing act sometimes required between the Tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment and the Landlord’s need to carry out work to the premises or adjoining property.  In the case the Landlord carried out the work but ended up having to pay compensation to the Tenant.  The case provides a useful […]

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07 April 2017

The Football Association is investigating Sunderland manager David Moyes following his remark when he appeared to indicate that a BBC female reporter may get a “slap” for asking questions in an interview that he was not comfortable in answering. Following criticism from a number of high-profile people and groups, including Labour’s shadow sports minister Rosena […]

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31 March 2017

The continuous onslaught by hackers to obtain information or assets that are held electronically, it seems, is never ending.  This current unwanted trend affects everyone (individuals and organisations) from spam email with the classic “click here” link to the targeted sophisticated cyber attacks. Most individuals and organisations are aware of the basic cyber security measures […]

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24 March 2017

It’s the judgment Charities, writers of Wills and beneficiaries have all been waiting for, the UK Supreme Court has ruled on the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others (also referred to as Illot v Mitson). The case began way back in 2007, with an adult child bringing a claim against her deceased […]

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23 March 2017

A recent Court of Appeal decision confirms a long established legal principle preventing a party to a legal action from having ‘two bites of the cherry’. The so called Turner principle was established in the case of Turner v Bank of Scotland PLC [2000] BIPR 683 and broadly states that unless there is a change […]

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17 March 2017

An announcement in last week’s budget proposed that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are to be given additional powers to take concerted action against businesses that fail to comply with the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA). As a consequence businesses need to ensure that (i) their current terms of business, and business practices generally, […]

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16 March 2017

Yesterday the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the charities’ appeal on the question of reasonable financial provision for an estranged adult child in the highly publicised case of Ilott v Mitson. The case concerned an estranged adult daughter, Mrs Ilott who was disinherited by her mother in favour of several charities. Mrs Ilott brought a claim […]

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13 March 2017

For those interested in the court’s interpretation of whether a signature is required to make an affidavit valid – the recent case below offers further clarification and incite. As you may know, an affidavit is a written statement or an oath made by an individual swearing that something is true. They are sometimes required under the Civil […]

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10 March 2017

There has been mass outrage caused by the Ministry of Justice’s recent announcement that the Probate Court fee will be increasing, from May by as much as 12,903%! This increase is being perceived by many as an additional tax on death. The fee is not inheritance tax deductible meaning that, for example, estates over £2m […]

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