When it rains it pours: What the garden of a £750K home can tell us about Property Information Forms

After finding their garden repeatedly flooded, this family turned to Facebook and their Property Information Forms to make some shocking discoveries

Ratings in the spotlight - Woolway v Mazars and beyond

Many will recall the decision from July this year when the Supreme Court ruled that contiguous floors in a building occupied by the same tenant for the same business was to be treated as a single entity for the purpose of rating.

The consequences the High Speed Rail Link will have on the surrounding areas

The High Speed Rail Link will have many consequences for property owners. The High Speed Rail Link is a rail link constructed between London and the North. The construction will take two forms. One will join London with the West Midlands line and the

Dispute Resolution - 2015 in review

Don Peel highlights the most significant legal developments in 2015 and what practitioners can expect in 2016.

Will the creation of an online court for claims worth up to £25,000 cut out lawyers?

Don Peel comments on the report published on 12th January 2016 by Lord Justice Briggs, which recommends a review of civil justice and a reorganisation of courts.

Common mistakes made with Service Charges

Don Peel discusses why service charges are often the subject of intense disputes between commercial landlords and tenants and why the drafting of the service charge provision needs to be carefully thought through.

Mediation - what do you need to know about it?

Mediation is an essential part of dispute resolution. The Courts, guided by the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions, expect disputing parties to attempt to settle their differences and mediation is often the preferred method.

The Lifecycle of a Commercial Lease - Stage 1

Over the next few weeks we will be discussing the ‘lifecycle’ of a commercial lease from a property litigation point of view and the surveyors’ perspective, focusing on its five distinctive stages. Don Peel and Peter Carroll discuss the first stage.

Failure to engage in ADR could reduce costs awarded

The High Court has recently penalised a successful defendant for failing to engage in ADR (alternative dispute resolution) by only awarding it two-thirds of its costs.

Dilapidations predictions for 2015

As we look ahead to 2015, it has been predicted that dilapidation disputes are set to soar in the East Midlands.

Rates report set to recognise firms that offer experienced litigators

A significant change is set to take place regarding hourly rates charged by law firms undertaking litigation work.

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.

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