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  • 28

    Can A Deed Be Virtually Witnessed?

    The law in England states that when an individual is executing a deed, they must do so in the presence of a witness who then confirms the authenticity of the signature (section 1(3) Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989) by signing the deed. A recent case looked at what “in the presence of” means in the contemporary working world.
  • 26

    We Were On A Break! - Breaks In Use Jeopardise Immunity From Planning Enforcement

    Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 property owners gain immunity from planning enforcement if an unauthorised change of use has continued for more than the relevant time period. When this breach is a change of use without planning permission to use as a single dwelling house no enforcement action can be taken after four years.
  • 25

    It's Getting Personal - The Changing Face Of Customer Experience

    The quality of the customer experience in the UK energy sector is a topic that attracts increasing attention, manifesting itself in a range of consumer surveys and press commentary.
  • 21

    New Rics Code Introduces Mandatory Requirements For Members In Business Lease Negotiations

    The current RICS Code for Leasing Business Premises was published in 2007. It is now to be replaced by the new Code for Leasing Business Premises (“the new Code”) which was published by the RICS on 12th February 2020 and is to take effect from 1st September 2020.
  • 21

    Interested In Acquiring The Unused Highway Land Next To Your Property?

    You have some overgrown grass or shrub highway land next to your property. The council never maintains it. Maybe even you maintain it. The public never use it and there is no obvious current or future public need for this highway land. Is it possible to acquire private control and ownership of this highway land? Maybe even fence it into your property? The short answer is yes.
  • 18

    Compulsory Purchase - The Compensation Rights For Minor Tenancies And Long Tenancies About To Expire

    The Court of Appeal in Anixter Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 43 has recently given helpful guidance on the compensation rights of those with minor tenancies and long tenancies about to expire who have been served with a general vesting declaration and/or notice to treat by an acquiring authority pursuant to a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
  • 17

    Government Consults On First Homes Policy

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a consultation paper on the design and delivery of First Homes. The aim of the initiative is to ensure that more new homes are available at a discount to local people, especially young first-time buyers, who would otherwise struggle to buy a home on the open market.
  • 14

    When Do You Need Planning Permission To Keep Horses In A Field?

    You are thinking of purchasing a field from a local farmer to keep some horses on it for private leisure purposes. However, the field is currently used by the farmer for grazing livestock, growing crops or some other agricultural purpose. If you use the field to house, graze and exercise the horses will you need to seek planning permission? The short answer is yes.
  • 12

    Full Steam Ahead On Hs2 - Boris Johnson Backs The Proposal In Full

    The Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, has today confirmed the Government’s backing of the HS2 scheme in full. The announcement comes following his consideration of the government-commissioned Oakervee report into the future of the HS2 scheme.
  • 07

    Preserving The Openness Of The Green Belt? The Supreme Court Clarifies

    Fundamental to the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) protection of the Green Belt against inappropriate development is the concept of preserving its openness.
  • 06

    Why Are Will Disputes On The Rise?

    There has been a marked increase in the number of Will disputes over the past ten years. Each year, more and more contentious probate matters have been heard by the High Court and this does not include the many disputes which are settled before reaching Court.
  • 04

    Is A Landlord Required To Provide A Tenant With An Invoice In Respect Of The Rent Deposit Monies?

    On the grant of a lease, the landlord may require a tenant to pay a rent deposit. If the landlord has opted to tax the property, requiring the tenant to pay VAT on rents due to the landlord, then the rent deposit monies payable will include a sum equivalent to VAT.
  • 04

    Environment Bill Update

    The Government this week re-introduced its Environment Bill to Parliament following the recent general election. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) also published its Policy Statement on the bill which sets out the Government’s plans, through the Environment Bill, to protect and improve the natural environment in the UK.
  • 04

    The Year Ahead In Employment Law

    2020 looks set to be an interesting year in the world of employment law with a raft of legislative changes coming into force. Below is a summary of some of the key changes employers can expect to see in the coming months:

January 2020