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Employment settlement agreements

March 19th, 2015

Settlement Agreements are written agreements entered into by employers and employees at the end of an employment relationship. Until recently they were known as compromise agreements. They are governed by employment legislation, which has established certain safeguards that must be met for these agreements to be binding. Rights As well as contractual rights relating to […]

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New home warranties

March 17th, 2015

When a new home is sold by the builder, the buyer needs a warranty that it has been built in a good and workmanlike manner and that he has recourse in the event of any defect. The builder provides the initial warranty under the contract for sale. Alas the building industry is no more resilient […]

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Trees on the line

March 2nd, 2015

There was an old lady of Staines Who’s ash tree fell on some trains The train company sued her But the judge said “that’s nature” And we think the court’s lost its brains Next time you are wondering why your season ticket price has gone up, or why you are sat in a darkened railway […]

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More good news for landlords?

February 19th, 2015

In the recent case of R (Tummond) v Reading County Court [2014] EWHC 1039, an application for judicial review was refused by the High Court. The tenant of a property initially defended possession proceedings brought under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and his defence had been dismissed. The tenant appealed but was not […]

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Matrimonial assets and ownership issues with third parties

February 13th, 2015

At the point of divorce or separation a division of assets takes place, often involving an intricate task of assessing entitlement based on past contributions and an understanding of each party’s future needs. This task is made that much more complicated when some or all of the assets are held not just by the husband […]

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Common sense prevails – Francis v Phillips

February 12th, 2015

Francis v Phillips [2014] EWCA Civ 1395 You may recall that in December 2012, in the High Court, a judgment was handed down by the Chancellor in Phillips v Francis [2012] EWHC 3650 (Ch), determining that all of the qualifying works carried out in a given year were to be aggregated, and that the cost […]

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Stamp duty change – who benefits?

January 14th, 2015

On 3 December 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced changes to stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Unlike the previous system, SDLT will only apply to the part of the property price that falls with a specific band. The Chancellor has estimated that the reforms will result in a cut to SDLT for […]

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