Website privacy rule change
A new EU directive has been imposed to force member states to make changes to their national legislation around how websites collect cookies. Many websites only allow full access ...
Tackle rent arrears without delay to mitigate losses
There are always risks when renting out residential property to tenants. If you have a mortgage on the property, payment of that remains your responsibility so if your tenant...
Guard against id fraud to prevent home from being sold
A person’s home is usually their biggest asset, and one which is looked after and protected by the owner. But imagine a situation where your home is sold by someone pre...
Acting on Bribery is now a must for all businesses
The Government’s new Bribery Act came into force on 1 July. It has generated much discussion and many myths have arisen around it, the most preposterous being that corp...
Protecting land rights – how long do short-term covenants last?
Clearly written covenants will ensure clarity and prevent misinterpretation in the often complex area of property and land rights. Some disputes can end up in court if a covenant ...
Polytunnels do not require an environmental impact assessment
A Herefordshire farmer who wished to set up more than 50 hectares of polytunnels on his 377 hectare farm found his wishes opposed by environmental group Natural England in a case w...
Seek legal advice before drafting letters of intent
Letters of intent are widely used in the building trade, because it is not unusual for both developer and contractor to wish to make progress on a building project without having t...
Charity trustees – balancing financial return and social return on investment
One of the more frequent problems faced by charity trustees is that of balancing the need for charity investments to produce financial benefits with the desire for them to also pro...
Employers could have responsibilities towards seasonal casual workers too
Seasonal industries such as agriculture, tourism and construction, often rely heavily on casual workers to plug the employment gap to meet demand for their services. However, empl...
Gullands secures Law Society’s new quality mark
Maidstone solicitors Gullands has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process and one of th...