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Termination of Leases – Tips for Landlords

In the present economic environment, many tenants will be seeking to vacate premises, reduce the size of their premises or renegotiate their leases, so times are tough for landlords. Furthermore, tenants who were ‘good tenants’ or who seemed financially strong may now be a less attractive proposition than they once were. Here are some tips for landlords to...

Basement Development Falls Foul of ‘Right to Daylight’

In densely populated urban areas, the right to daylight and not to feel overshadowed by new development is of ever increasing importance. The High Court made that point as it scotched plans for a subterranean building project in Central London. A company that managed a group of mansion blocks wished to install a one-storey basement extension, comprising an...

Affordable Housing Thresholds – High Court Guidance

Provision of affordable housing is an essential objective of the planning process but is not always popular with developers. In one High Court case, construction of four homes in a small village was blocked after the would-be developer withdrew an offer to contribute almost £120,000 towards affordable homes in the area. The case concerned the former car parking...

How to Approach Outline Planning Applications? Court of Appeal Guidance

A great many applications for planning consent are submitted in outline, with details of proposed developments left over for consideration at a later stage. In an important ruling, the Court of Appeal analysed the extent to which planners’ hands are tied by the limited scope of such applications. A developer had applied for outline permission in respect of a...

Working at Height – Failing to Comply With the Rules Can Cost You Dear!

Working at height requires special training and protective measures. In a cautionary tale for employers who may be tempted to use unqualified staff to carry out roof repairs or other precarious tasks, a company that did just that was hit hard in the pocket after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. The company had instructed three members of its...

Unfair Dismissal Can Blight Your Lifetime Earnings – See a Lawyer Today!

Unfair dismissal can blight your career indefinitely but, with the right legal advice, you can be compensated for every penny you lose in earnings. One case that proved the point concerned a finance director who was persecuted for whistleblowing and found herself out of a job in middle age. The woman blew the whistle on the chief executive officer of the company...