27 June 2011

Leasehold enfranchisement: a question of marriage value

Should valuation of the tenants' interests on a collective enfranchisement take account of the 1993 Act, or assume a 'no Act world'? Natasha Rees considers a Court of Appeal decision on the issue.

First published in Property Law Journal, 27 June 2011.

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15 June 2011

Trustees' duties

Review and inform: discuss a case that emphasises the high standards the courts expect from trustees towards beneficiaries. First published in Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, June 2011.

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13 June 2011

Leasehold enfranchisment

When is a building self-contained? Purchasing the freehold of a building can have added complexities when the building concerned is a mansion block. First published in Property Law Journal, 13 June 2011.

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10 June 2011

Building works took a shine off tinsel-making business

The Message: An employer is not generally liable for the unlawful acts of an independent contractor.

The Case: The court considered which parties the claimant could sue and what damages could be recovered, for damage caused to manufacturing equipment by dust during building works in Tinseltime v Roberts and others.

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27 May 2011

Rowe up a creek without a paddle

The Message: Failure to comply with the strict requirements of a contract may be fatal.

The Case: The Court of Appeal has decided whether a buyer of development land can rely on a technical breach to free itself from an uncommercial contract in Barratt London North v JM Rowe Investments (12.05.11).

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