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).Read more
Zahra Kanani charts recent developments in tax policy. First published in Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, May 2011.Download PDF
The Message: Parties should ensure they serve all their witness evidence before trial
The Case: Litigation between Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority and Gladman Commercial Properties (20.04.11) raised the issue of whether important evidence should be allowed some time after the case has started.Read more
The Message: There are strict time limits for bringing property claimsRead more
The Message: Commercial property agents have to be sure who their client is.
The Case: The High Court has determined whether an agent can recover commission on securing a property for a party with whom it did not have a direct contract (Lorenz Consultancy v Fox-Davies Capital, 17.03.11).Read more
Published in STEP Journal, April 2011.Download PDF
Addresses the issues that will be of immediate interest to anyone in the property arena. Published in Property Law Journal, 4 April 2011.
The Message: Honesty is the best policy when making insurance claims.
The Case: An insurance company sought to recover over £230,000 paid out for subsidence damage on the basis the insured had misled it into paying too much (Aviva Insurance Ltd-v-Brown (25/2/2011)).Read more