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MHCLG consults on abolition of section 21 Housing Act 1988

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 […]

Green Finance Strategy

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 […]

Turning housing on to support electric vehicles

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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Hammonds win sparks new law on cost payment

Fresh law has been thrown up in a professional negligence claim against Ham-mond Suddards Edge that is now subject to appeal Companies defeated at first instance now face paying costs and security to the winning party before they can appeal.The action concerns advice given by Hammonds to offshore company Agrichem International Holdings on Spanish and […]

The Wright stuff

Untempted by the spoils of crime, SFO director Rosalind Wright’s only regret is the lack of resources stopping her from catching more criminals Stepping into the foyer of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), you can’t help but feel sorry for those working there. It’s not exactly the sort of welcome that law firms would give […]

Woodgate lawyer scrutinised by OSS

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) is investigating complaints against Peter McCormick, senior partner of Leeds firm McCormicks and Manchester firm Freeman & Co The complaints have been made by the National Civil Rights Movement and centre on conduct arising from the trials of Leeds United footballers Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate. Freeman […]

Linlaters opens Portuguese office

Linklaters is to launch an office in Portugal, enabling it to target clients across the whole Iberian Peninsula The magic circle firm has hired five Portuguese lawyers and their team. The group left Lisbon firm Morais Leitão J Galvão Teles & Associados in September last year.Corporate rainmaker Jorge Bleck, securities lawyer António Soares, project finance […]

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