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Hewitsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Team recently worked with United Sustainable Energy Agency and the National Energy Foundation to set up a community interest company backed by a consortium of local authorities with the aim of becoming a lead provider under the Government’s Green Deal scheme.
A recent High Court case, Cohen v Teseo Properties Limited, has yet again highlighted the risks if terms of a contract are not made clear enough.
There has been another interesting Court of Appeal decision on the circumstances when a business tenant ought not to be granted a new tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) recently considered how much residential tenants should pay for repair works which their landlord should have carried out decades earlier and held that the tenants were liable for the full costs of the repairs, despite the delay.
In the case of Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Limited,  EWCA Civ 1537, the Court of Appeal ushered in a robust and uncompromising approach to compliance with Court deadlines and applications for relief from sanctions when those deadlines were missed.
Amongst the legislation announced in the Queen’s speech in June, one having the potential to affect charities was the Protection of Charities Bill.