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Daejan v Benson [2013] UKSC 14

September 7th, 2013

The recent decision in Daejan v Benson in the Supreme Court has established the scope of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal’s (LVT) jurisdiction to dispense with the consultation requirements under section 20(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (the Act) and set the principles on how that jurisdiction should be exercised. Under the Act, a […]

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Important ruling on tenancy deposits in the Court of Appeal

July 17th, 2013

On 14 June 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down an important decision in Superstrike Limited v Marino Rodrigues [2013] clarifying the position in respect of deposits held on tenancy agreements pre-dating 6 April 2007, but which have subsequently become periodic tenancies. This case concerned a tenancy agreement granted by the landlord for a period […]

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Home buyers guide

February 20th, 2013

A document of this kind can do no more than provide a brief outline of the law. Every situation depends on its own facts and action should not be taken in reliance on this summary. As always it is desirable to take appropriate advice. The Solicitors’ Job The solicitor and his staff make a conveyancing […]

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Guide to making a Will

February 2nd, 2013

Why make a Will? For most of us making a Will does not seem to be a very urgent requirement. Due to the marvels of modern-day science, we all expect to live for years and have no need to arrange our affairs. No one regrets not making a Will – but thousands of people regret […]

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Comment on Prudential v HMRC

January 28th, 2013

On 23 January 2013, the Supreme Court refused to extend legal advice privilege to accountants offering tax advice in R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another [2013] UKSC 1. The reasoning behind legal advice privilege is simple: it promotes full and frank communications between lawyers […]

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Intestacy rules

January 23rd, 2013

What is Intestacy? When someone dies, and has left a Will governing the distribution of their estate, its provisions will be implemented, so far as they are effective. However, if someone dies without making a Will, the distribution of their estate is governed by the Rules of Intestacy, as set out in the Administration of […]

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An update on service charge and financial hardship

October 8th, 2012

Can a Leaseholder dispute service charge on the grounds of financial hardship? A commentary on the decision in Garside and another v RFYC Limited and another [2011] UKUT 367 (LC) by Ranjeet Johal. This case looks at whether the financial impact of major works on lessees can be a material consideration when deciding whether the […]

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