Disputes

Section 21 Notice and the relevance of EPCs in light of Minister v Hathaway [2021] EWCA Civ 936

By Dee Puckering

The requirement to provide a tenant with an EPC only applies to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy granted on or after 1st October 2015, which was concluded in the recent case…

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Commercial Leases and Rent Recovery – New Rules Afoot…

By Emma Reed

As a result of the commercial rent moratorium being extended there are continuing restrictions on landlords’ remedies as against a commercial tenant and the burden remains heavily on landlords’ shoulders.…

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Harassment outside of work; what an employer can do

By Philip Ross

Following the recent football tournament, it became more apparent that people were using social platforms to voice their racist opinions. Despite there being an on-going campaign against fans abusing football…

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Business rates avoidance scheme as qualification for councils to sue developers

By Alicia Pattihis

On Friday 14th May 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that local councils can sue property developers where business rates have been unpaid. The hearing centred around a test case, brought…

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Changes to the eviction ban

By Dee Puckering

· The temporary ban on evicting tenants has been extended by the Government until 20 September 2020. · Further, the Government has amended the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020.…

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Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK Construction Industry 

By Omiros Christodoulides

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and the construction industry is no exception. Governments around the globe have restricted movement and the UK Government has urged the…

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Energy efficiency is changing

By Dee Puckering

From 1st April 2018 any new tenancies created in England and Wales were obliged to meet the Government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). It meant that properties which required an…

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Equitable compensation not confined to recovery for reparation of loss (Court of Appeal)

By Geoff Mendelsohn

The Court of Appeal (David Richards and Newey LJJ) has held that the phrase ‘equitable compensation’ should include payments made to restore to the claimant the value of assets or…

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Bankruptcy order annulled following appeal against dismissal of application and refusal to adjourn hearing on uncontested medical grounds.

By Georgina Kyriacou

The bankrupt first applied to annul his bankruptcy order during protracted bankruptcy proceedings in the county court. He then requested an adjournment of the hearing of his application on medical…

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Commercial tenant’s declaratory relief claim against landlord non-justiciable (TCC)

By Philip Ross

In Office Depot International (UK) Ltd v UBC Asset Management (UK) Ltd and others [2018] EWHC 1494 (TCC), the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) struck out a commercial tenant’s (T’s)…

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High court allows main contractor to claim for his loss, holding sub-contractor responsible for flooding

By Philip Ross

GB Building Solution Ltd v SFS Fire Services Ltd on 25 May 2017 saw the High Court allow the main contractor to claim for his loss, holding the sub-contractor responsible…

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Collapse of foundation for large pressure test facility kills four workers

By Philip Ross

The collapse of the steel structure of the foundation for a large Pressure test Facility at Claxton Engineering Services killed four workers. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive…

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Italy to the EU court of justice because of breach of EU motorway law

By Harry Pattihis

The EU Commission has decided to take Italy to the EU Court of Justice on the grounds of the breaching of EU law due to its awarding an extension of…

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