Property Case News

Catch up on the big legal cases affecting the property markets from the UK and Europe.

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The risks of deleterious materials in construction contracts

3 November 2017

The inclusion of deleterious or prohibited material clauses in both building contracts and professional appointment documents is widespread within the construction industry.

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Searching with malice

27 October 2017

In a recent transaction, completion was jeopardised because the buyer’s application for a priority search revealed another prior search and a unilateral notice lodged at the Land Registry to protect a lease which was a forgery.

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Tenants must tread carefully when surrendering a lease

6 October 2017

In the recent case of Co-operative Bank plc v Hayes Freehold Ltd, a tenant surrendered its lease without checking whether the landlord had mortgaged the freehold.

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Protected business tenancies may not be so secure after all

27 July 2017

In S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the High Court held that a landlord is entitled to refuse the grant of a protected business tenancy on redevelopment grounds even where the redevelopment is devised solely for the purpose of evicting the tenant and confers no other benefit on the landlord.

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Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?

7 February 2017

The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties.

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Property tycoon facing £611m debts loses high court battle

27 January 2017

A property tycoon facing debts of £611m has lost a High Court battle with creditors over an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) that would have seen creditors receive seven pence for every pound owed.

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Preparation will help landlords avoid service charge pitfalls

29 September 2016

Service charges have the potential to become a fairly contentious issue between landlords and tenants. Indeed, an intermediate landlord recently faced litigation over the reasonableness of the amounts claimed.

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Court of Appeal shakes up contract law

21 September 2016

A recent Court of Appeal judgment, MSC v Cottonex (2016), has clarified the law around repudiatory breaches of contracts, specifically the ability (or inability) of an innocent party to affirm a contract where a repudiatory breach has occurred.

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New PDR for light industrial won’t be a panacea for developers

17 November 2017

Last month, a new permitted development right (PDR) came into force that allows the change of use of a building from light industrial to residential. The right is temporary, lasting for three years from 1 October 2017.

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Driverless cars could transform cities for better and for worse

17 November 2017

There’s a lot of excitement about the future of driverless cars, or ‘autonomous vehicles’ to use the parlance preferred by the professionals.

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New body hopes to ease pressure on local authority planning departments

9 November 2017

Public Practice wants to help councils cut costs, avoid planning delays and improve relations with the private sector.

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Apprenticeships are preferable to 'any old degree'

9 November 2017

School-leavers need to know more about their career options in property.


Could new digital tool ease burden of planning system?

3 November 2017

When a development is postponed or abandoned, the complexity of the planning system is often blamed.

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Lendlease determined to improve after reporting 19% gender pay gap

2 November 2017

Earlier this month, Lendlease became the first construction and property company to publish its figures under the government’s gender pay gap reporting scheme.

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Inflation rise could further 'burn' the High Street

26 October 2017

New inflation figures of 3.9 % are creating yet another punitive business rate hit on UK businesses, potentially adding over £1bn to the troubling rates bill which Jerry Schruder highlighted in last week’s issue.

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