3 February 2012
The message: Legal principles can take precedence over fairness.
The case: Yet another landlord has successfully defeated a tenant’s break clause on a technicality (Avocet Industrial Estates v Merol, 19.12.11). The right to break a lease early is valuable for a tenant but its exercise often involves overcoming hurdles, some of which the tenant may not even be aware of.
23 January 2012
Lucy Barber reviews a recent case where the court was required to consider whether the oweners of houseboats held as tenants or as licensees?
First published in Property Law Journal, 23 January 2012.
20 January 2012
The message: Free advice can prove very costly.
The case: The Court of Appeal has decided that solicitors can owe extensive duties to clients, even where quick advice is given at no charge (Padden v Bevan Ashford, 21.12.11).
19 January 2012
Natasha Rees looks at recent developments from the Courts.
First published in News on the block, issue 58.
18 January 2012
Zahra Kanani translates the legal meaning of key charitable terms.
First published in Winter 2012 - Charities Appeals Supplement.
20 December 2011
Reviewing the potential problems of entering into an agreement with telecomms to install apparatus on land. Published in Solicitors Journal, December 2011.
10 December 2011
Access all areas. Whaley v Whaley poses the question of when a trust fund is a 'resource' in a divorce proceedings. First published in Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, December 2011.
6 December 2011
The involvement of a family lawyer at the beginning of the relationship can minimise the conflict (and cost) at the end.
5 December 2011
First published in Property Law Journal, 5 December 2011.
21 November 2011
A question of contract or estate? Natasha Rees examines a case that considers the status of a tenant where the lease is assigned in parts without the knowledge of the landlord. First published in Property Law Journal, 21 November 2011.