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Service Charge in Leases – Short-term gain could mean long-term pain

Where there is ambiguity in a contract or a lease the Courts can interpret the wording in the clause using commercial common sense. In the recent case of Arnold v Britton the Supreme Court was asked, on appeal by a tenant, to apply this approach in determining the service charge provisions in a number of […]

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Lego figures found in EU Court

As competitors have increasingly begun to threaten Danish toy company Lego in making somewhat similar toys, the question has turned upon what in fact Lego owns in relation to its figures and whether a competitor would infringe Lego’s rights in making similar toys. A recent challenge to Lego was posed by Best-Lock, a Lancashire-based toymaker, […]

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Opening the door to property fraud

Mortgage fraud is big business, whether for straight profit, by obtaining finance on a property under false pretences, or as a method of laundering money gained by criminal means. What should a property owner look out for? Here are a couple of studies from cases Blacks has dealt with in the recent past: Case study […]

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Landlords beware – further expansion of Tenancy Deposit Schemes!

Following on from the introduction of Tenancy Deposits Schemes on 6 April 2007, the Housing Act 2004 has now been amended further to expand and give more protection to Tenants and deposits paid under Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Previously, a landlord was required to protect a deposit under a tenancy deposit scheme and had to do so […]

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The Care Act 2014 (which doesn’t live up to its name)

The Care Act 2014 comes into play in two parts.  From April 2015 Local Authorities were under a duty to assess people for their overall wellbeing, to see if they require any help with daily living. The much heralded financial changes come into force in April 2016 with the “cap on care costs” seen to […]

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Closing time?

The British Beer and Pub Association says that around 30 pubs close every week in the UK blaming closures on factors such as high taxes on beer, competition from supermarkets selling cheap alcohol and changing demographics. Whilst it is perhaps laudable that the government has chosen to act to arrest this decline it has perhaps […]

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Plan, Talk, Live

Plan, Talk, Live is the theme of the Dying Matters Week organised by the charity Dying Matters to take place between the 18 and 24 May 2015. The aim of the week is to have the population talk about death and planning for later life both of which are such taboo subjects. Local events are […]

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Is it right to share a photo?

If you were shopping online and saw your face on a t-shirt, how would you react? Would it be a moment of surprise, shock, horror, delight…..? Melanie Armsdon is one individual who encountered this situation and her reaction was one of shock. Ms Armsdon had published a selfie on Instagram featuring her hair in a […]

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Help to Buy ISAs

The government has announced the Help to Buy: ISA. First-time buyers who choose to save through a Help to Buy: ISA will receive a government bonus, which will be calculated and paid when they buy their first home. The government bonus: will only be made available for home purchase; can only be put toward homes […]

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Help for missing relatives

The law relating to people who are missing and presumed dead has been improved but now the Ministry of Justice have announced assistance for the relatives of missing people to take charge of the financial affairs of the missing person. The aim of the new law is to ensure that once found, a missing person […]

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