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20 February 2018

Right In My Way!

The existence of a private right of way over a development site can have a major impact on the site's potential and value.

The developer may have no legal right to terminate the right or vary its route. This can cause problems where, for either financial or practical reasons, a developer is not able or willing to design a scheme which will accommodate it.

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5 February 2018

Don't accept candy from a stranger

In the recent case of Holyoake v Candy the billionaire property developers Nick and Christian Candy were cleared of claims that they extorted money out of a former business associate, Mark Holyoake.

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29 January 2018

Leases in the spotlight

Leasehold tenure is currently in the spotlight.  In some cases over the years leasehold tenure has strayed away from the purpose for which it was first introduced, being the sensible use of buildings with a shared fabric and infrastructure, and become a real means of deriving additional investment value from an asset for developers.

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25 January 2018


I was enormously privileged to be invited by Janders Dean to join their group for 2018’s LawWithoutWalls programme.

LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) teams 100 students from 30+ law and business schools around the world with academic, business, entrepreneur, and legal mentors.

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29 November 2017

Rentcharges Re-Charged

The 2016 case of Roberts and others v Lawton and others [2016] UKUT 395 has shown that rentcharges still have a sting in their tail, and highlighted why developers and investors should not ignore rentcharges revealed on title due diligence.

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