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Casino Tendering Exercise Scrutinised by High Court

Whilst gambling may not be everybody’s cup of tea, casinos generate tourism, jobs and handsome profits and competition to develop them can be intense. In one case, a tendering exercise in which no less than seven bids were received to build a large casino in a single seaside city came under the High Court microscope. Following the exercise, the local authority...

Is Your Business in Financial Trouble? Get Professional Advice!

Small businesses are like babies to those who own them but that is no excuse for resorting to deceit when faced by financial problems. Getting professional advice is always the best option and, in one case that proved the point, a successful jeans designer, whose products were popular with Hollywood stars, received a lengthy sentence of imprisonment after he...

Statutory Pay Rate Increases – April 2017

Changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will take effect from 1 April 2017, bringing the date in line with the change to the National Living Wage (NLW). The NLW, which applies to workers aged 25 and older, will increase from the present £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour. Other changes occurring at the same time are as follows: The adult rate of the...

Landlord and Tenant – Court Urges Simplification of ‘Right to Manage’ Rules

Procedures that have to be followed by flat tenants in order to wrest managerial control of their premises from freeholders are replete with traps for the unwary and, as one Court of Appeal case clearly showed, such a course should never be attempted without expert legal advice. The case concerned a right to manage company that had been formed with a view to...

Claiming for Dilapidations

It is established law that when a lease comes to an end, the landlord cannot use the dilapidations clause to make a windfall profit out of a tenant. This might occur, for example, when the schedule of dilapidations is agreed and payment made, but the landlord demolishes the property in order to redevelop it. The principles that govern the payment under a...