Surveyors hope for stamp duty ‘boost’ download subscription

B P Collins 19-Dec-2014

Changes to the stamp duty laws could boost the housing market by up to five per cent, surveyors have suggested.

Dealing with leases: a new protocol for applications for consent to assign and sublet weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Dec-2014

It was hoped that the enactment of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988 would bring to an end the uncertainty that plagued applications by tenants to assign or sublet their premises.

England and Wales move a step closer to conservation covenants weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Dec-2014

A conservation covenant is an agreement between a landowner and a responsible body, whereby the landowner promises to carry out or refrain from carrying out activities on their land.

An alien infestation: control of invasive non-native species weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Dec-2014

Invasive non-native species are plants and animals introduced into a natural environment where they are not usually found with serious adverse consequences for the environment.

SDLT: the slab falls download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 15-Dec-2014

Residential stamp duty land tax (SDLT) (i.e. SDLT on deals relating to interests in/over dwellings and their curtilages) has changed. 

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MiFID2: ESMA publishes first technical advice download subscription

Dentons 24-Dec-2014

ESMA follow-up papers address aspects of delegated legislation and technical standards to be made under MiFID 2 and MiFIR.

Loan sales – what borrowers need to know download subscription

Collyer Bristow 23-Dec-2014

Banks have become very active in recent months selling off large portfolios of loans.

Protected Cell Companies download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce the concept of a protected cell company but the Companies Law has effectively modernised it.

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Construction Briefings

Will you get caught by the DPA? download subscription

Gateley 19-Dec-2014

If defects appear in a building after completion, the developer or contractor may be liable to the owners of the building, in contract or negligence, for the cost of remedying that work.

Do you have to be reasonable when exercising a contractual discretion? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 19-Dec-2014

This is a question that the courts have been asked to consider several times over the last few years and has been raised again in the case of Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV.

The Santa Clause: tenants and lease agreements download subscription

Gateley 18-Dec-2014

As the property market has improved we have begun to see a small amount of speculative development returning.

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Owning a French residential property in France: some tax considerations download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 10-Oct-2014

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s French tax experts address some of the main issues that individuals owning French residential property should consider.

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Landlords: Recovering repair costs in damages claim download

Shepherd and Wedderburn 22-Dec-2014

Two recent Scottish property cases have forced a change in the property industry’s understanding of a landlord’s right to claim the full ‘cost of repair’.

Holiday pay – an essential guide download

Shepherd and Wedderburn 19-Dec-2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that non-guaranteed overtime must be included in holiday pay if it is paid regularly.

Comet v Whirlpool provides guidance on scope of section 236 of Insolvency Act download

Shepherd and Wedderburn 19-Dec-2014

An English High Court judgment on an application for recovery of documents provides guidance on the scope of section 236 of the Insolvency Act.

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High Court dismisses second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees regime download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The High Court has dismissed UNISON’s second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees system.

ECJ confirms that obesity may be a disability download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that obesity may be a disability where it: ‘entails a limitation resulting in particular from long-term physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’ (Fag og Arbejde (FOA), acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the ...

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Jersey divorce reform download subscription

Carey Olsen 23-Dec-2014

The Jersey Law Commission recently delivered a consultation paper entitled ‘Divorce Reform’, which is refreshingly straightforward and comprehensive.

Married couples staying together ‘for the sake of the children’ download

IBB Solicitors 22-Dec-2014

A survey of 2,000 adults reveals that a quarter of married couples are only staying together for the sake of their children, and expect to divorce as soon as they have grown up.

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