A buildings use, not who owns it critical to deciding VAT status
This isn’t an area of law that has changed recently, but one which people do unfortunately get wrong with expensive consequences. The owners of commercial property will kno...
Government reviews the use of retentions, does this mean changes for the Construction Industry?
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently announced a review of how retention arrangements work in the construction industry and the effect in particular on s...
David Brown recognised for his work
David Brown has been recognised for his work in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 and has achieved a Band 2 ranking in the 2016 Chambers & Partners legal directory. David has r...
The popularity of pop-up shops
As the retail landscape has changed considerably over the last 10 years, it is estimated that around 1 in 10 shops across the UK are currently empty, and here in Kent in some parts...
Permitted Development rights – keep the noise down!
In late 2015, the permanent extension of Permitted Development Rights, allowing the conversion from office space to residential was announced. What had originally intended to be te...
Protecting yourself from being a victim of cybercrime
Solicitors and people buying or selling property are being increasingly targeted by fraudsters trying to access some of the billions of pounds being transferred in relation to prop...
Writing your life insurance policy in trust
Many people have life insurance policies and most of them are linked to the repayment of mortgages and other loans. But for those who have a policy to provide an additional lump su...
The Cost of Dying Intestate
People who don’t make a Will usually come up with a variety of excuses such as because they haven’t got around to it, haven’t fully appreciated the importance of ...
Dealing with difficult staff - settlement agreements and protected conversations
Settlement agreements are a useful way of managing the exit of a difficult employee, but getting the detail right is important. Where there is no existing dispute, the employer ca...
New Guidelines published on discriminatory adverts and recruitment terminology
The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a series of short guides to help people who place advertisements to comply with their legal obligations under the Eq...