Commercial Client Articles

Ban on tenant evictions by bailiffs extended until end of March

The ban on tenants being evicted by bailiffs, which was imposed because of the Covid19 pandemic, has been extended until 31 March. Exemptions remain in place for the most serious circumstances that cause the greatest strain on landlords as well as other...

Partners liable to pay nearly £600k costs of failed business

Two partners in a failed business have been told that the liquidator can call upon them to pay nearly £600,000 between them for the partnership’s liabilities and the expenses of the winding-up. The issue arose after the liquidators had applied...

Creditors of Cafe Nero granted expedited trial to recover rents

Creditors of the Café Nero chain have been granted the right to an expedited trial to enable them to recover full compensation for unpaid rents. The case involved several commercial landlords who were challenging the validity of the way Nero had...

Supreme Court says Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed

The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers should be classed as workers rather than as self-employed. The distinction is crucial as it means drivers gain significant employments rights such as entitlement to the minimum wage and holiday pay. The...

Landlord and tenant in dispute over signing of possession notice

A possession notice didn’t have to include a landlord's name and address where it was signed by the landlord's agent; it was sufficient to give the name and address of the agent. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving...

Businessman wins appeal against disqualification as a director

A businessman has won his appeal against his disqualification from being a company director. Gabriel Gatheru Rwamba had been disqualified in 2009 for four years for failing to appropriately monitor the company's finances. In 2010, interim orders...

Employee who secretly recorded colleagues loses dismissal claim

An employee who made secret recordings of his work colleagues has lost his claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination. The case involved Mr Ch Tan who described himself as Chinese Singaporean by ethnicity and gay by sexual orientation. In 2012, he had...

Company wins contract dispute to recover $16m advance

A company has succeeded in recovering a $16m advance payment after a force majeure event prevented one of its suppliers from fulfilling a contract on time. The case involved Nord Naphtha Ltd and New Stream Trading AG (2020). New Stream had agreed to...

Tenant protections extended as Covid restrictions continue

Protection for people who rent their homes is being extended while the Covid restrictions continue to affect people’s livelihoods. The measures include a ban on evictions until 11 January 2021 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this will be the...

Restaurant wins planning dispute with council over sunroom

A restaurant has won a dispute over whether an extension that failed to adhere to planning permission should be demolished. The restaurant was a family business. It had been granted planning permission to demolish and replace a sunroom at the front its...
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