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Trusts – final distribution

In a recent case originating under Scots law, the second respondent was a debtor who entered into a trust deed for the benefit of his creditors with A assumed as ...

Procedure – Brexit

At the time of writing, a Brexit deal has been agreed but has yet to be brought before Parliament for a vote. In the event of a ‘no deal’, how should family practitioners ...

QOCS – counterclaim

Can a defendant bring a PI counterclaim, and then claim the benefit of QOCS (qualified one-way costs ...

Restrictive covenant – single share?

An employee of an executive search company resigned to work for a competitor. Her ex-employer sought an injunction, relying on a six-month restrictive covenant not to be ‘directly or indirectly engaged or 

Part 36 – costs on account?

We all know that Part 36 (which deals with offers to settle and their acceptance) is a self-contained code, which is why the High Court has recently held that there is no power ...

MEES – £3,500 cost

Under the MEES Regs it is unlawful for an L in the private rented sector to grant a new domestic tenancy, or renew an existing one, if the property ...

Competition – internet bans?

It is very difficult for a manufacturer or supplier to prohibit its retailers from making online ...

Procedure – greater investigative powers

Two new powers for the enforcement authorities were created under the Criminal Finances Act 2017. As the author of this useful article explains, unexplained wealth orders (UWO) and account freezing ...

Estate rentcharges – introduction

Estate rentcharges are primarily found on new residential (freehold) developments, where they are used to enforce communal covenants and payments for the common ...

Professional – update

The Legal Services Board has approved the SRA’s controversial plans to allow freelance solicitors, and to let regulated solicitors practise from unregulated firms. ...

Price transparency – guidance

The new rules on price transparency came into force on 6 December 2018. The Law Society has issued a practice note which is mandatory ...

Renewal lease – court’s approach

We include this case as an illustration of the court’s approach in a typical lease renewal situation; it decides nothing new, but shows the current attitude to such topics as rent-free periods for fitting out, ...


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