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Law Society – model office leases

The Law Society has published two short-form model office leases (one for the whole of a building, and the other for part). The leases are intended to be suitable for lettings of up to ten ...

Energy efficiency – the exceptions

The minimum energy efficiency requirements mean that, from April 2018, Ls will no longer be able to grant tenancies to properties with an EPC of F or G. This will cover the extension or renewal ...

Right to light – release by T?

To what extent can a long-lessee release the right to light over the tenanted property (without L’s consent)? After all, if there is 20 years or more left on the lease then, in theory, that ...

Partner – departures

Many firms now have a ‘compulsory retirement’ provision in their partnership (or LLP) agreement, allowing partners to be dismissed on notice without involving the whole partnership. Ideally, the agreement will also set out the precise ...

CHAPS – standard conditions

A reminder that CHAPS is no longer provided by the CHAPS Clearing Company Limited. Instead, it is now operated by the Bank of England (from 13 November ...

‘Worker’ – Uber/Deliveroo

There is no doubt that the definition of ‘worker’ is the key employment law issue of our time. The Pimlico Plumbers case is due to be heard by the Supreme Court, and there is a ...

Evidence – good character

In this useful article, the author examines issues relating to good character following the Court of Appeal ruling in R v Green [2017]. In that case, the judge drew attention to the complainant’s good character ...

Financial remedies – financial agreement

Even though both parties acted on their agreement and transferred assets to each other, a financial agreement had not been concluded. So held the Court of Appeal in a case where the purported agreement had ...

Judicial College – guidelines

OUP has now published the 14th edition of Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury ...

Procedure – Court of Protection

The Court of Protection Rules 2017 are now in force, revoking and replacing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 and subsequent amendments. The new 2017 rules are long overdue, and consolidate CoP practice and ...

Planning – consistency

It is well known that previous planning decisions can be a ‘material consideration’ in deciding subsequent planning applications (‘like cases should be decided in a like manner, so that there is consistency’, North Wiltshire ...

Professional – update

There was much publicity about the Supreme Court decision involving the professional gambler who successfully ran a ‘sting’ against Crockfords. In essence, the court decided that the issue of whether conduct is honest ...


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