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Are you risking Business Rates liability whilst fitting out a property for occupation?

The recent case of R3 Products Ltd v James R Salt [2014] UKUT 0333 (LC) acts as a reminder for all tenants to carefully consider their liability for business rates before they take occupation of a commercial property and not make the assumption that they will not be liable for business rates until such time […]

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A ‘Flowery’ reaction: Should Ben Flower be spending his six months on the sidelines or in the scrubs?

Two years ago an amateur rugby player Jack Weston was jailed for six months after he punched an opponent so hard during an on-pitch row over a tackle that he broke his jaw. Contrast those facts with last Saturday’s Grand Final between St Helens and Wigan Warriors; Ben Flower punched Lance Hohaia with such vigour […]

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Should’ve put a ring on it

47% of UK adults aged 18-34 think that cohabiting couples have the same legal rights as their married counterparts according to recent research. The same survey found that 58% of all adults do not know that the commonly used term ‘common law wife/husband’ is not actually a recognised legal status. The effect of this misconception […]

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Make no mistake

Even the most experienced of people can make a mistake and for that reason claims against professionals for acts of negligence are not uncommon. Mistakes can be easily made but the consequences to a client can be devastating. To establish a claim in negligence you must prove that the professional owes you a duty of […]

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Against your will

Where a solicitor fails to act on a client’s instructions to draft a Will which results in a potential beneficiary being denied their inheritance, there is no claim for breach of contract as there is no contract in place between the solicitor and the potential beneficiary. However, an action in professional negligence may be possible […]

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Downton Abbey no more? Why young couples should make Wills

At long last there are some changes in the area of law relating to Wills. From the 1 October 2014 the definition of personal belongings or personal chattels last laid down in 1925 has been altered. No more will it mean stable furniture, horses, plate, linen, glass, liquors and consumable stores. The new definition of […]

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Buy to let – have you missed the boat?

The buy to let market was once just for the professional landlords and very few other people. With house prices crashing during the recession, along with interest rates at a record low and smaller pension returns, many people have been looking into investing into this area as part of retirement planning. The increase in people […]

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Cloudy Apple: Celebrity pictures go viral following iCloud hacking

Apple has come out publicly to confirm that iCloud accounts belonging to approximately 20 celebrities were broken into but are adamant that there is no evidence to suggest that this was caused by a security system breach. Following a thorough internal investigation of their operating systems Apple released the following statement to the international press: “We […]

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ALS gets cold feet over Ice Bucket trade mark applications

The ALS Association has raised a staggering income of $100m over the past four weeks from Ice Bucket Challenges. These are the highly amusing fundraising challenges which began in the USA and have gone viral thanks to the likes of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The ALS Association funds research into amyotrophic […]

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Holding over (contracted out tenancies)

At the expiry of a contracted-out lease1relating to commercial premises, the tenant has no automatic right to remain in situ. Whereas, if the provisions have not been excluded then the tenant will be entitled to remain unless one of the parties has sought to determine the tenancy by a prescribed method. For the purposes of […]

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