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Imminent changes to repossession laws

From Oct 1st 2018 if you wish to repossess a property, all tenancies new and old should be treated in the same way… The introduction of the Deregulation Act on 1st October 2015 ‘The Act’ brought with it some substantial changes that landlords and property managing agents should already be aware of

Bailiffs and the law

Common questions we get asked about bailiffs their powers What are bailiffs not allowed to take? Exempt goods and anything not belonging to the debtor. Items necessary in your employment, education or business to a maximum allowance of £1350 combined value. Items necessary to the basic needs of the debtor and his

CVAs and Commercial Property

A practical guide for Landlords and Tenant Retailers We asked Lloyd Biscoe from Begbies Traynor Southend, business rescue and insolvency practitioners, to give some practical guidance on Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA) and in particular how they affect landlords and tenants of commercial property. With House of Fraser, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Jamie’s

Legal updates from BTMK

Trees - inspection How often should a landowner inspect trees (in case they fall down and cause damage)? The Court of Appeal has recently given guidance, in the context of an Local Authority which had trees abutting the highway (i.e. a high-risk area). The Local Authority had introduced a fixed three-year

A new pilot scheme to limit legal costs

From the 14th January 2019 a new 2 year pilot scheme has been introduced to limit legal costs involved for certain Business and Property Court cases valued up to £250,000. We’re all too familiar with the challenges the cost conundrum poses to many SMEs when it comes to litigation concerning business

Brexit and Employment Law

With the possibility of Brexit growing ever closer, concerns are growing over what the impact will be on employment law in the UK if and when we leave the European Union. Whilst at this stage nothing is set in stone, the government has published a White Paper which provides some

Guide to private company sales and acquisitions

For many of the individuals involved, a sale or acquisition is likely to be a one-off or rare event. This guide covers issues of interest to both buyers and sellers, including the structure of the arrangement, its process and some of the key documents involved. Structuring the sale and purchase Should we

No fault divorce – who’s to blame?

The case of Owens v Owens has been of great public interest recently, with lots of media coverage. It is, in many ways, a very ordinary case with relatively ordinary facts. The couple were married in 1978, set up home, had children then separated in 2015. What is exceptional, however, is the

Covert surveillance

In a recent case, it was held that the covert surveillance of employees by their employer, who set up CCTV cameras to monitor suspected thefts, was an infringement of those employee’s rights to privacy. Employers looking to monitor the conduct of their employees - particularly those using covert recording -

Abolition of tribunal fees

The Ministry of Justice has published the first tribunal quarterly statistics since the abolition of tribunal fees for the period July-September 2017. Employment Tribunal (ET) fees were held to be unlawful by the Supreme Court on 26 July 2017, as previously reported. The latest statistics show: An increase of 64% in