Additional searches for home buyers

Alongside the standard searches that most lenders require homebuyers to undertake, there are some additional searches that are optional and can provide a more in depth picture of the property and local area.

Inspection of ex-employees computers

A recent case in the High Court has ordered that an employer may instruct an independent computer expert to inspect and take images from the computers of two former employees.

Civil proceedings fees in force

New court fees for the County Court and High Court will come into effect from 22 April 2014. Fees in the Court of Appeal remain the same.

Penalties to increase for employing illegal workers

A draft order has been laid before Parliament which would see the maximum civil penalty increase for illegally employing an immigrant worker, from £10,000 to £20,000.

Changes to recovery of commercial rent arrears

Businesses that rent their commercial premises should be aware that the landlord’s right to implement the common law self-help remedy of distress for arrears of rent was abolished on 6th April.

Know your limits for Category B machines

Operators of newer Adult Gaming Centres (AGC) and bingo premises need to be aware of the changes to regulations which came into effect on 1st April.

Changes to EPC regulations

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on 6th April 2014. These amend and correct the regulations from 2012.

Ban on cheap alcohol is introduced

The government’s legislation which will ban the sale of very cheap alcohol, is to come into force on 6th April.

Fraser Brown helps to re-open iconic hotel

The commercial property and insolvency departments at Nottingham based law firm Fraser Brown have worked with liquidators to re-open the iconic Izaak Walton hotel in Derbyshire.

Beer, Bingo and the Budget

Among the many measures and policies announced in the Budget 2014, there are several that will have an impact on the leisure sector as well as the general public.

High percentage of commercial court cases involve foreign litigants

Figures recently published by the Justice Minister show that, since records started in 2008, there has been a year on year increase in the number of cases in the Commercial Court involving at least one party from abroad.

Home Office announce outcome of World Cup consultation

On 13th March, the Home Office launched a two week consultation on the proposal to relax licensing hours nationally for England matches during this summer’s World Cup. Today it has been announced that this has been granted.


31.Mar.2014 | Licensing

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