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Japanese knotweed – the cases

Japanese knotweed is virtually irremovable; only the strongest chemicals will work against it, and simply digging out the roots is not sufficient.

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SDLT – avoidance

All conveyancers will know that the SRA has warned solicitors about their involvement in SDLT avoidance schemes. 
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School sites – reverter?

During the 19th century, various Reverter Acts encouraged landowners to give land for charitable purposes (eg schooling).
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Development – above and below

The shortage of development sites, and increased rates of SDLT, are part of the reason why there are many more applications to dig down (ie to create a new basement) or go up (ie create an additional floor on top).
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‘Endeavours’ – meaning?

It is not uncommon for a contract to require a party to engage in ‘best endeavours’, ‘reasonable endeavours’, or ‘all reasonable endeavours’.
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Right of way – abandonment?

It is difficult to argue that a right of way has been abandoned.
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Right to light – challenging

What tools are available to a developer when a site is subject to rights of light? 
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Adverse possession – what is it?

Adverse possession is a question of fact. Importantly, the use of the word ‘adverse’ is somewhat misleading:

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Restrictive covenant – update

Two unrelated, but noteworthy, cases:

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Japanese knotweed – nuisance

One of the (potentially) most important decisions last year was a humble county court case in which it was held Network Rail was liable after Japanese knotweed grew close to neighbouring terraced houses.

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Trustees cannot simply ignore beneficiaries’ request for information about a trust, the High Court has held. In this case, the trust property was a farm outside Cardiff. Read more...
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From December 2018 there will be new rules requiring firms to publish prices for conveyancing, probate, motoring offences and immigration, as well as the price for bringing ET claims.  Read more...
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To what extent do you have a duty to point out the other side’s procedural errors (as part of your obligation to comply with the ‘overriding objective’)? Read more...
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Insurers should be very careful about making allegations (for instance, at Stage 2 of the EL/PL Protocol), especially if they could be interpreted as allegations of ‘dishonesty’. Read more...
Airbnb – breach of lease
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It now seems clear that an Airbnb short let will be in breach of a typical long lease. Read more...
GDPR – data rooms
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If L is planning to sell a property subject to leases, then almost certainly a data room will be set up containing all relevant documents. Read more...
Rights of way – public
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There are four categories of public rights of way: Read more...
Financial remedies – company assets
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A recent ruling illustrates when a court can treat a company-owned asset as as a matrimonial asset. Read more...
GDPR – references
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GDPR impacts on the giving of references: Read more...

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