Private Prosecution - Is this an option for you?


A private prosecution is a prosecution started by a private individual or organisation, such as the RSPCA, who is not acting on behalf of the police or other prosecuting authority. In short, anyone can bring a private prosecution. The right to do so is contained within section 6 (1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

Airbnb lettings - Are you in breach of your Lease?


A very important Upper Tribunal Decision has concluded that in most instances short term lettings such as Airbnb lettings will be in breach of residential flat leases. This is welcome news to landlords and many owner occupier flat owners who have complained of problems arising out of Airbnb-type short term lets, but unwelcome news to others.

The new ‘basement tax’ set to hit wealthy London home owners


Westminster City Council is to impose a “basement tax” on those proposing to develop basements and basement extensions as a condition for receiving planning permission which will see residents paying an average levy of £8,000.00.

Recovery of costs from your opponent in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) – recent guidance


Prior to 2013, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (now First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)) could only make costs’ awards against parties up to a maximum of £500 and only where a party’s conduct has been frivolous, vexatious, or where it amounted to an abuse of process.

Landlord’s Consent for Alterations to a Flat


It is sometimes the case that a leaseholder wishes to make alterations to their flat, perhaps to change the layout of the flat or knock down a wall between two rooms. There are numerous works one may wish to carry out to a property. If a leaseholder proposes to do this, they should be aware of the terms of their lease in respect of any works they wish to carry out.

Conveyancing Contracts – Joint and Several Liability


In the recent case Marlbray Ltd v Laditi [2016] the court of appeal held that a conveyancing contract which named Mr and Mrs Laditi as the purchaser was valid despite being signed only by Mr Laditi, who had no authority to sign the contract on behalf of Mrs Laditi.

What does Brexit mean for English governing law and jurisdiction clauses?


On 23 June 2016, Brexit became a reality when 52% of the public voted to leave the EU. Legally, this decision has no immediate effect as the UK remains part of the EU until at least two years after Article 50 of the Union Treaty has been triggered. It is important to remember that until this time the UK will remain subject to EU law. In the meantime, we can only wait to see how and when the UK will formally leave the EU and what the nature of the UK’s relationship will be with the EU thereafter. It’s safe to say that in the wake of the decision, it seems the only certainty is uncertainty.

Brexit and the London Property Market – looking for the positive


It is always difficult to predict what the future will hold and the decision to leave the EU has sent shockwaves across the financial and property markets.

Is extending fixed costs the way forward?


At the end of January this year Lord Justice Jackson spoke at the IPA Annual Lecture and in his speech he recommended the introduction of fixed costs for all claims worth up to £250,000, which is what he calls the ‘lower reaches of the multitrack’.

The new Residence Nil Rate Band – A step forward in Inheritance Tax


There has been much debate over the past years about whether the Inheritance Tax Free allowance should be increased. Finally it seems like there may be some movement forward with a new residence nil-rate band being introduced.