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News, Articles & Events: October 2019

A welcome from the editor…. Welcome to the autumn edition of the Real Estate Legal Update. This quarter, we look at cases involving the rating of stripped out premises, the amenity value of covenants against development, overage triggers and prescriptive easements. For landlords and tenants, we look at cases involving the reservation of rights out […]

Freeths are proud to have once again sponsored the Women of the Year awards, which celebrated its 37th year of recognising successful and inspiring women at a celebratory lunch at Birmingham Hilton Metropole on Friday 25th October. More than 600 women attended to see Jennie Johnson MBE, CEO of Kids Allowed Ltd gain the accolade […]

If you own, or are looking to purchase, property which includes or adjoins a river or other watercourse, you will be taking on legal obligations as a “riparian owner”. This article is the first in a short series setting out in brief your obligations and rights, how a watercourse affects the boundaries of your property, […]

Earlier this month a fine of £3m imposed on BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Limited (hereafter referred to as ‘BNH’) in respect of health and safety failings has been reduced to £1.5m on appeal. In 2018, BNH had pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 […]

As the National Head of Freeths’ Property Litigation Team, writing an article with a title of “Is going to court worth it?” sounds a bit like turkeys voting for Christmas doesn’t it? It also reminds me of that bit in Jerry Maguire when our hero, sports agent Jerry, writes an internal memo suggesting that the […]

Forty-five women attended the event on 10 October at Freeths’ office in Nottingham. The subject of the lunchtime session was on Impostor Syndrome, a topic that resonated with the women of Freeths and the guests who attended. The network consists of a group of female lawyers who host several events throughout the year, with the […]

As we see Brexit looming closer, the developments were mainly interesting cases and appeals. An appeal was allowed against CIL surcharges imposed due to a late Liability Notice (LN), whilst another appeal was dismissed as the inspector concluded that an emailed LN was correctly served. In other news, the House of Commons Library have produced […]

The niftily named Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill was introduced in the last session of Parliament but was lost to prorogation having made its way to the report stage in the House of Commons. This Bill was resurrected in the Queen’s speech of 14 October 2019. The purpose of the Bill is […]

We hope you enjoyed our last Brexit Bulletin. Let us update you on the latest news. Sign up here to stay informed with regular updates.   Brexit Optimism Last week started off with a steady stream of gloomy news stories. The UK economy was slowing down. UK retailers suffered the worst September on records. A […]

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Base Childrenswear v Otshudi has provided some useful guidance about how to answer two potentially tricky discrimination law questions: When does the burden of proof shift in discrimination claims? and What can be taken into account when deciding whether there has been unconscious discrimination and […]

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