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Private Landlords should respond to the latest major threat to the stability of the Private Rented Sector Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released the much anticipated consultation into the plan to abolish section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords […]

Adjudication Matters – July 2019

Too little, too late… Does an Adjudicator’s failure to consider a witness statement amount to a breach of natural justice? J J Rhatigan & Co (UK) Limited – and – Rosemary Lodge Developments Limited Introduction Despite finding that the Adjudicator had failed to consider witness evidence, the Court enforced an Adjudicator’s decision on the basis that […]

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By Stephen Dawson, James Wood-Robertson, Nick Iliff, Bhavesh Amlani, James Klein Following the government’s 2050 net zero carbon pledge, it has now published the Green Finance Strategy. The government recognises that to meet the 2050 target it will require ‘unprecedented levels of investment in green and low carbon technologies, services and infrastructure’. It is therefore […]

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By Robin Webb, Bhavesh Amlani, James Wood-Robertson This week the government has published two consultations in relation to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, following the road to zero strategy published in July 2018. The proposals include a requirement that all new-build houses with a car parking space need to be fitted with a charge point – […]

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Mid-market firms fret about their image, while the elite focus on pricing Nobody can quite agree on what ‘brand’ actually means, but everyone knows it is important. Indeed, research into leading law firms’ business challenges shows  the mid-market is nervous about it. A survey of 313 partners, finance bods and business development directors at The […]

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The Court of Appeal has found that a receiver appointed under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 1988, but discharged in 2006, was still entitled to be recover sums from the receivership assets as ‘he continues to be an officer of the court [and subject to the supervision of the court] to the extent that he […]

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