Dispute resolution

The dangers of using false accreditations

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The recent case of National Guild of Removers and Storers Ltd v Bee Moved Ltd demonstrates the dangers of falsely claiming accreditation with an association. More …

Night club owner faces prison sentence due to ongoing Copyright Infringement

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A night club owner has been sentenced to three months imprisonment on a suspended sentence, in addition to payment of £5,177 damages to the claimant and £17,000 in costs, for playing sound recordings in public without a licence in contempt of court. More …

High Court's decision on nightclub manager's personal liability for copyright infringement

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In October this year the High Court found the designated premises supervisor of a nightclub in Essex personally liable for authorising and procuring acts infringing copyright as a result of the unlicensed playing of sound recordings at the nightclub she managed. More …

But you said it was ok….. Can you make a verbal agreement?

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Kanye West and Taylor Swift hit the headlines recently after a recording of a telephone call between them was released to the public. Although we do not know the full details of the conversation, the fall-out from it suggests that they reached an agreement of sorts or that consent was given for Kanye to make reference to Taylor in a song. More …

Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 soon comes into force

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The Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2016 was passed on 28 April 2016. This legislation provides for the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 ("the 2010 Act") to come into force on 1 August 2016. More …

No Refunds?! Why the Supreme Court refused Marks & Spencer rent repayment after lease breaks

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No refunds? As many people think about returning their itchy Christmas jumpers, some are wondering why, when it comes to property, refunds are not always available for unwanted and unused services. More …

Is there a right to light at the end of the tunnel?

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We are approaching the first anniversary of the case of Scott v Aimiuwu [2015] in which a classic dispute arose between neighbours as to the effect of one party's proposed extension on the amount of natural light entering the other party's property. More …

The role of the courts in rent review clauses

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When considering whether time is of the essence in relation to rent review clauses, it is worth noting the approach taken by the courts when considering and interpreting rent review clauses. More …

Rent reviews - Is timing everything?

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The courts have been relatively quiet on the topic of rent reviews of late, however, with the commercial leasehold market picking up post-recession the question of rent reviews may become a hot topic. More …

How Proceeds of Crime legislation is important to property investors and developers

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Proceeds of crime is not a topic that you would expect to read about in a property context. More …