Entries by Meaby

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE BOUNDARIES?

As so many of us have spent more time at home in the last year or so, some may have looked outside from their home office and wondered who is responsible for fixing that damaged garden fence. There is no standard rule relating to the maintenance of boundary structures such as walls, fences, and hedges, […]

The impact of the pandemic on the Justice System

The last 18 months have been consumed by all matters COVID, which have had a particularly significant impact on the manner in which we all now carry out our work, whether it be companies adopting a hybrid approach or some just implementing a fully-remote model. Employees are now getting their well-deserved work life balance, including […]

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill Update

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 12th May 2021. A second reading took place on 24th May and on 20th July, The House of Lords will start further examination of the Bill. The main purpose of the Bill is to reduce ground rents in most new, regulated, […]

Lease Extensions: Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a lease extension? A lease is a wasting asset and the lower the term of years, the lower in value it will be.  A lease extension should be sought before the lease drops below 80 years. This is for a number of reasons: Once the lease falls below 80 years, marriage […]

Unregistered Land – The Benefits of Voluntary Registration

It may come as a surprise to hear that only 87% of all land in England and Wales is currently registered at HM Land Registry, a non-ministerial government department created in 1862 to register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales. When HM Land Registry was formed, registration was entirely voluntary until […]

The costs regime in the Employment Tribunal – can it work for you?

The general principle regarding the allocation of legal costs in an Employment Tribunal (“ET”) is that, in the absence of any vexatious and/or unreasonable conduct from either party during the course of the  litigation, each party bears their own costs, regardless of the outcome. This is in contrast to the position in most of the […]

New Claims soar at employment tribunals during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that there has been a sharp rise in the number of multiple cases being pursued in the employment tribunals coupled with an increase in disputes over working time and age discrimination.  The number of working time claims was actually higher than those for unfair dismissal. A multiple case is where […]