Commercial Client Articles

Landlords insist a specialist housing court is needed

Landlord groups have called on the government to establish a dedicated specialist housing court to speed up the process of legitimate evictions. The move comes after the Ministry of Justice published figures showing that it is now taking longer for private...

UKUT Land ruling on the requirement for membership of multiple redress schemes

Since 1 October 2014, a person who engages in either letting agency or property management work must be a member of a prescribed redress scheme for dealing with complaints “in connection with that work” Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013...

Refusal of planning permission for housing ruled unlawful

A planning inspector’s refusal to grant permission for a housing development has been ruled unlawful by the High Court. The case involved Green Lane Chertsey Developments and its proposal to build residential properties on three adjoining plots of...

Judge orders homeowner to pay builder in full for repair work

The High Court has ordered a homeowner to pay the full cost of repair work carried out on his property by a building company. The court heard that the homeowner, Sylvein Pinto, had asked ICCT Ltd to stop leaks in his basement. The work was not paid for so...

Landlord entitled to end tenancies and demolish properties

The High Court has ruled that a landlord was entitled to terminate the tenancies on commercial properties so he could apply for planning permission to build houses. The case involved several tenants who provided aviation-related facilities from rented...

New law ensuring all workers receive pay slips comes into effect

New regulations requiring employers to provide payslips for all workers, including those on casual and zero-hours contracts, has now come into effect. An estimated 300,000 people are expected to benefit. From April 6, these payslips must include the number...

Sub-contractor held liable for loss of rent due to faulty work

A sub-contractor has been held liable for all the compensation a contractor had to pay for damage caused by faulty work, including loss of rent. The High Court was told that the contractor, Ground Construction Ltd, had been employed by a landlord to build a...

New proposals will give private tenants more security

The government plans to bring an end to unfair evictions with what it describes as the biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation. It will introduce legislation to abolish so called ‘no-fault’ evictions, which are one of the...

Director ordered to pay £20,000 after breaching his duties

A director has been ordered to pay £20,000 for breaching his legal duties shortly before his company went into liquidation. The director had run a freight-forwarding company from 2011 until its voluntary liquidation in 2015. He had been the sole...

Broker wins commission claim against investment company

A firm of brokers have won a commission claim against an investment company that started to bypass it by approaching its clients directly. The case involved Medsted Associates Ltd and Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International) Ltd (2019). Medsted had...
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