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3 February 2012

Lack of interest lands tenant in hot water

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.

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23 January 2012

Houseboats: a question of ownership

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.

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20 January 2012

The court, the thief, his wife and her solicitor

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).

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18 January 2012

High definition

Zahra Kanani translates the legal meaning of key charitable terms.

First published in Winter 2012 - Charities Appeals Supplement.

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20 December 2011

Hold the line

Reviewing the potential problems of entering into an agreement with telecomms to install apparatus on land. Published in Solicitors Journal, December 2011.

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10 December 2011

Trusts and divorce

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.

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21 November 2011

Collective enfranchisment:

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.

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