Real estate | 01 March 2014

We may not be surprised by reports of litigation taking many years and costing between £60,000 and £70,000. However, were we told that the reports in question stem from 1852, and that such sums in real terms today would be many millions of pounds, we would perhaps agree with Dickens’ statement regarding the Chancery Court in Bleak House: 
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Real estate | 01 December 2013

In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.
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Real estate | 01 July 2013

In light of the reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) which came into force on 1 April 2013, and, in many cases, commercial pressures, in-house lawyers may have to reconsider how to resolve small to medium-sized disputes. The key points are highlighted in the context of a typical lease renewal pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the Act) in the following guide.

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Real estate | 01 May 2013

In the context of any company restructuring or reorganisation, the presence of a break clause in one of the company’s leases is a valuable thing indeed. This will enable the tenant to move out of unwanted or over rented space. At the very least, if the premises are over rented, the presence of a break clause will give the tenant a negotiating platform to seek a variation of the existing lease.
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