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Fireworks, bonfires and the law

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If you are considering an at-home fireworks display or perhaps a bonfire, you need to be sure that you do not fall foul of the law. Rules concerning fireworks and bonfires are designed to keep us all safe and to prevent nuisance in the neighbourhood. In this...

Getting to the root of the problem in boundary disputes

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Householders spending more time at home and in their gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic is fuelling a rise in boundary disputes as infrequent niggles have translated into nagging complaints, with overhanging branches, encroaching tree roots and towering...

Dealing With A Hacked Facebook Account

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What are your options when your Facebook account gets hacked? If a third party gets hold of a Facebook account held by individual or company, whether for innocent purposes or not, there are certain steps that need to be taken quickly to...

Landlords Reminded To Read The Small Print

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Landlords are breathing a sigh of relief over the news that a court has allowed an eviction notice despite a copy of the gas safety certificate not being provided before the tenancy started. But experts are warning that attention to the small print is...

Landlords Must Comply With Latest Energy Standards

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Landlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standards. On 1st April 2020, the latest stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards was implemented, making it unlawful for landlords to...

How to Protect Your Digital Copyright When Selling Online

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How can you protect your online creative business on Etsy or similar platform... The internet has provided a unique selling platform for craftspeople, artists and makers. Whether it’s personalised jewellery, one-off paintings or quirky...

What Can Debt Enforcement Companies Really Do?

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Debt collection is a term that strikes terror into business owners and individuals alike. The image of burly men banging on the door and taking away all your worldly goods hasn’t been helped over the years by the media’s portrayal of debt...

Retail Failures: Where Does It Leave the Customer?

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What happens when stores go into administration.... The last thing that anyone expected was that high street giant Debenhams could shut its doors on so many of its stores. It does go to prove, though, that the British high street is undergoing major...

Landlord Advice: Provide your Gas Safety Certificate

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What you need to do.. A case was heard in February which confirmed that a landlord who has not complied with their obligation to provide a gas safety certificate to a Tenant before the start of their residential tenancy cannot later terminate that...

Legal update - High Court finds lease not frustrated by Brexit

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On Wednesday 27th February 2019, the High Court held that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) lease of premises in Canary Wharf was not frustrated by Brexit. The EMA's main argument was that as an agency of the European Union, it was not...

Do we need to "Brexit-proof" our contracts?

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At the beginning of February we asked whether Brexit was even more frustrating than first thought , and today we are considering whether contracts being entered into need to be "Brexit-proofed". Who knew there would be so much to think about when...

Case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd

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The case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd was decided in December 2018 by The Supreme Court in London. The dispute involved a business which occupied part of larger premises under a lease. They were a protected tenant under the Landlord...

An explanation of the reality behind 'squatter's rights'

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What is adverse possession? If you are a property owner, one of the biggest worries is that ‘squatters’ will move into a vacant property and take up residency. If they are not removed quickly then there is the possibility that they can...

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 - What you need to know

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If you live in a rented property, or rent a property out, it is likely that you have heard that there was due to be a shake-up in the types and levels of fees that can be charged in relation to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 was made...

Is Brexit even more frustrating than first thought?

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A High Court battle between the European Medicines Agency (the EMA) and Canary Wharf Group has taken place in January 2019 which has the ability to make Brexit a frustrating event for even more reasons than it might already be thought to be by some. In...

Safer Internet Day - online bullying being tackled by the law

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Cyber-security is one of those topics that just won’t go away, especially as technology becomes more and more embroiled in our everyday lives. For adults, it’s easier to spot scams, avoid advertising pressure on social media sites, and to ignore...

''How to avoid contractual disputes''

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Parties often find themselves in contractual disputes with customers or third parties. Whilst to some degree this is unavoidable, there are a number of tips that can be used to either minimise the possibility of a contractual dispute arising or to ensure...

Forgive us our trespassers

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It is the time of year when land owners will particularly experience problems with groups of travellers who will turn up on agricultural land and involve the land owner in considering its options as to how to regain possession of the land as quickly as...

Dreamvar (UK) Ltd - Court of Appeal (May 2018)

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The Court of Appeal issued in mid-May 2018 an important Judgment in the case of Dreamvar. This provides that Solicitors representing a fraudulent party acting for a vender of a property should share some responsibility along with those representing the duped...

A Landmark Decision -

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Adrian Howard Munday v The Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate On 24th January 2018 the Court of Appeal made a landmark ruling in the case of Adrian Howard Munday v The Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate. In spite of sustained legal arguments...

Resolving disputes for small businesses

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reported that legal disputes cost small business enterprises in England and Wales at least £11.6 billion each year, with at least 70% of small businesses having faced at least one dispute in recent years. ...

Warning to private Landlords - new "right to rent checks" introduced

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From the 1st February 2016, private landlords in England will need to ascertain whether prospective tenants or other authorised occupiers have the right to be in the UK when granting a tenancy. The procedure is known as "right to rent checks"....

Should squatting in commercial premises be criminalised?

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With the introduction of s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 however, squatting in a residential property became a criminal offence punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine of up to £5,000. The...