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The top six things we learnt as MIPIM newcomers

Shruti Trivedi
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With the most influential property leaders from more than 100 countries all coming together to talk business, a trip to Cannes for four days in March was definitely worth the resulting exhaustion! As part of the Property and Planning teams at...

Changes to debt recovery procedures due October 2017

Leigh White
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Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims to come into effect on the 1st October 2017 The Protocol will apply to any business (including a sole trader or public body) claiming payment from an individual (including sole traders) and describes the conduct the court...

Getting ready to shine at global property event

Shruti Trivedi
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Jo  and I are looking forward to travelling to Cannes next month – not for a holiday, but to attend an international property event along with thousands of experts from across the globe. We’re going to be joining some of the world’s...

Ministry of Justice 'set aside' whiplash reforms

Victoria Stevenson
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Yesterday, The Times newspaper reported that whiplash reforms, proposed in the Autumn Statement last year, have been set aside. While insurers are frustrated by the decision, campaigners have welcomed the news. What are the reforms? The Government wish...

Safety at school

Robert Dempsey
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The obligatory photographs shared by proud parents on social media of their children in new school uniforms tells us it’s back to school time. Understandably, parents need to know their children are safe at school, and if they are injured, remedies...

Agent awarded £500,000 under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 in landmark ruling

Peter Cusick
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As is well known under Regulation 17 of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 in certain circumstances, an agent has the right to compensation from their principal when the agency agreement is terminated. The High Court in the recent...

Court fees increase for debt recovery

Leigh White
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On 25th July the Court Fees associated with some debt recovery matters rose by 10% The Court fee for applying for a Writ of Control rose from £60 to £66; The Court fee for applying for an Order to attend Court rose from £50 to...

The impact of Brexit

Julia Seary
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Background The trilogy of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agree the majority of EU legislation, and the power of the EU means that EU law and ECJ decisions have a direct impact on, and can take...

Interesting times for interest claims

Leigh White
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The Telegraph recently reported that the Bank of England’s latest Inflation Report suggests that “fundamental forces are moving in favour of an interest rate rise”, if the UK votes to stay in the >EU this coming June. Click here for...

Five policies every website should contain

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Most businesses have a website, but what about the policies behind the pages – how many have all the policies they need and what should they say? There are five policies a business should consider having on its website. They should be easily...

Recovery Update: Procedural changes for Charging Orders and Attachment of Earnings

Leigh White
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Procedural changes for obtaining Charging Orders and Attachment of Earnings Orders in the County Court will come into effect on the 6th April 2016. Definitions Charging Orders and Attachments of Earnings Orders are methods of enforcing a Judgment Debt...

Important Changes for Residential Landlords. Key Changes from 1st October 2015

Sarah Whitehurst
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As of 1st October 2015, new legislation and regulations have been implemented which impose fundamental changes to Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements (“ASTs”) in England. The burden of these changes is, of course, being borne by the landlord who...

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 and your business

Lizzie Walters
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Over the last few years consumer legislation and regulation has gone through one of the most extensive processes of consolidation and modernisation seen in England and Wales in decades. The final piece of the jigsaw, the Consumer Rights Act 2015, comes into...