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12 August 2012

Call for clarity

With the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) coming into force, GL Hearn and Forsters are calling on the CLG to resolve serious issues with implementation and to produce guidance on its application of the Regulations.


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3 August 2012

Auctioneer counts cost in case of mistaken identity

The message: Auctioneers need to double-check the true ownership of properties they sell

The case: The High Court considered how to properly assess the liability of auctioneers who sell properties without proper authority, in Greenglade Estates v Strettons (12.07.12).

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29 June 2012

Withers on the vine: gardening advice to be avoided

The message: Solicitors’ advice should not be too forthright

The case: A law firm has been found negligent for not being cautious enough in advising buyers on whether an expensive London house had rights to a communal garden (Herrmann v Withers, 30.05.12).

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6 June 2012

Avoiding unequivocal election

A recent case has prompted the Privy Council to provide updated guidance on how to apply the principles of election, says Andrew Head.

First published in Solicitors Journal, 6 June 2012.

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5 June 2012

A cultural shift

Zahra Kanani applauds government attempts to encourage and support charitable giving.

First published in Summer 2012 - Charities Appeal Supplement.

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28 May 2012

Enfranchisement: more on houses

When is a house reasonable so called? A recent judgment throws some further light on the issue, as Natasha Rees finds out.

First published in Property Law Journal, 28 May 2012.

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25 May 2012

Make no mistake: expertly drafted leases can’t be rewritten

The message: The court will not readily correct documents drafted by experienced and skilled solicitors.

The case: The Court of Appeal has overturned a judgment that allowed a sublease to be rewritten to give effect to what the judge thought the parties really intended, in Scottish Widows Fund v BGC International (9 May 2012).

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15 May 2012

Commercial property update

Considers the recovery of rent in a tenant administration, the pitfalls of best endeavours obligations, the National Planning Policy Framework and flood risk and buildings insurance.

First published in Solicitors Journal, 15 May 2012.

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