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Break clauses – partitions and vacant possession

A break clause in a lease may only be exercised if any conditions attached to it have been satisfied. The clause will be strictly construed by the …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

‘Just give us a simple overage agreement’.

It’s strange how some phrases can haunt you over the years and the request to produce a simple, straightforward overage agreement crops up repeatedly. Overage or ‘clawback’ …

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

Seller Beware

Following on from the article in the March edition regarding the dangers of non-disclosure http://www.hartbrown.co.uk/the-dangers-of-non-disclosure/, the idea of caveat emptor (buyer beware), with the buyer …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

ECHR McDonald V McDonald

Finally, Some Relief for Residential Landlords After a six year sojourn through the judicial system, the highest court in the land has finally confirmed that the eviction …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

Why should you make a will if you own property abroad?

If you own any assets abroad or are considering investing in a holiday property in a foreign country, it is important that you think about …

Seila Sanchez Lucas, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates  Solicitor ,

Seila Sanchez Lucas

Mr and Mrs Smith – the final instalment

The announcement of the sad breakdown of the relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has made headlines around the world. Whether global superstars or …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Keeping it in the family

“It’s a good idea for potential successors to gain career experience outside of the family business before joining – thus taking the ‘emotion out of …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Someone like you?

“Post Brexit, businesses are likely to need fresh thinking more than ever.” Familiarity could be said to breed content in the corporate world. So it’s …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Keeping hold of the real power in the name game

In the same week that fashion entrepreneur Karen Millen was told she could not use her own name in business, Specsavers were given the green light to …

Gregory Barton, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Gregory Barton

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Compensation for personal injury is a restorative remedy, the purpose of which is to put the injured party back in the position they were (as far as …

Emily Phelan, Paralegal, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Emily Phelan

Keeping the company cool when temperatures soar

The world is on track for the hottest year since records began according to NASA, and scorching temperatures look to set to return to the …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Misconduct will be punished

Few people would argue that generally speaking misconduct should be punished. In dispute cases claimants and defendants can act unreasonably and this can have serious punishing consequences.

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

The “Ground Rent Cap” in Leasehold Enfranchisement

The amount of ground rent payable in a long lease is one important part of valuing the premium to be paid for a lease extension under the …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Clamp down for employers who call a spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“the FTT”) introduces fees for enfranchisement matters

On 25th July 2016 Statutory Instrument No. 807 of 2016 came into force bringing about amendments to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013.

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Brexit: Probate Court Fees

For we private client lawyers, the appointment of a new Chancellor of the Exchequer always comes with a certain amount of nervousness. How will the new Chancellor …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Slow Train Coming

When in 2010 the then government passed the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act, which was intended to replace the 1930 statute of the same …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Hiding your Guilt behind a Fig Leaf?

Within the last week the Supreme Court has considered a Scottish case relating to the contents of Section 1 (1) of the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Mistakes that mean landlords lose right to break-up

Landlords looking to terminate a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle reached the …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Truth and Consequences

The speed with which politicians on both sides of the referendum debate have sought, since the result was announced, to distance themselves from what was …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

What does Brexit mean for UK employment law?

Summary: What will the UK’s Brexit vote mean for the future of the country’s employment law? When the UK went to the polls on June …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

“Breaking up is hard to do” A Brexit Divorce

I arrived in the office early on Friday morning. The main topic of conversation over the morning coffee was the dramatic decision of the referendum. I …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Right to Manage: Ingenious attempts by landlords to object to and delay a Right to Manage Claim

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”), in theory at least, gives a majority of qualifying leaseholders a no fault based right to acquire …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Options: Beware the illusory pot of gold

Developers are astute business people. When dealing with them it is wise to keep your wits about you. Here are some common transaction structures employed by developers …

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

The huff and puff of planning enforcement

The house built behind bales of straw and covered by tarpaulin at Salfords, near Reigate, to hide it from the council until the expiry of the four …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

The Hidden Cost of Energy

From 1 April 2018, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 will prohibit the letting of properties which do not meet the prescribed minimum energy performance standards.

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

Changes to permitted development rights

There were several changes to permitted development rights that came into force on 6 April 2016: • The existing temporary right to change a …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Access to Justice – Free to All provided you can afford the price of admission?

Prior to the most recent major hike in court fees over a year ago if your client had a claim worth in excess of £300,000.00 the fee …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Can literally anyone challenge a will?

As a recent Court of Appeal case decided the answer is ‘no,’ but perhaps the group of people who can challenge a will is wider than you …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Key factors to consider when launching your own business

The most important factors to consider when you are launching your own business. There’s rarely ever been a better time for people in the UK …

Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Danielle Collett-Bruce

Buy-to-let investment: Knowledge is the key to success

How working with a solicitor can give you the key to unlocking success when operating in the buy-to-let sector. For many years, property lagged behind more traditional …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Lifting the lid on tricky toilet problems

Customer toilet facilities have been causing a stink for take-aways and travel operators in recent weeks. First, it was take-away outlets with tables who found themselves falling …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

”Missing Landlords” For long leaseholders

What happens when you own a long lease of a flat but the landlord is “missing”? How can you buy the freehold or extend your …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

When talking the talk may mean walking the walk….

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses that require any changes to be made in writing and agreed …

Gregory Barton, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Gregory Barton

Justice for All?

“In a civil court case the claimant who succeeds against a defendant will receive, where appropriate, an award of compensation and the loser will pay …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

The devilish detail on inheritance tax

By inheritance specialist Emily Wiggins with Hart Brown Solicitors When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move …

Emily Wiggins, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Emily Wiggins

Hedonic Regression – an even worse deal for leaseholders

On 11th May 2016 the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UTLC) handed down its 80 page decision in Sloane Stanley Estate v. Munday (2016). The decision …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

When is the best time to sell your home?

When you are selling your home, it’s important to have an expert on board to make sure the whole process runs smoothly and that you …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Why it’s important to get a lawyer involved early when a relationship breaks down

Breakdowns in a relationship between a previously happy couple can be testing, stressful and upsetting. No matter the reason for the break up, someone will …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Guests Enter at their Own Risk!

Perhaps the traditional “welcome mat” at your front door should be replaced with a mat stating “guests enter at their own risk”. Why you may ask? In …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

How companies get caught in the slave trade

The recent conviction of a UK business owner for a human trafficking offence has been a wake-up call to big businesses to carefully monitor their …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

#SFLD16

One of our partners in the Family department is heavily involved in preparations for the Surrey Resolution Family Law Day which takes place on 18th May 2016.

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Hillsborough Inquest Jury Verdict

At around 11 a.m. today, the Hillsborough inquest jury gave their answers to the remaining questions concerning the disaster at Hillsborough football ground in 1989 which led …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Children and The Exercise of Parental Responsibility

Two cases have caught my eye this week. Both involve the exercise of Parental Responsibility: one in connection with the choice of name for a child and …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Panama Papers fall-out will impact every business

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but the hacking of client files at Panamanian …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

How would Brexit affect hiring of EU workers for firms?

Brexit could have many consequences for British companies, when it comes to new employment regulations and the future of law in this country. However, it will also …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

The Archers

As a family lawyer I can’t help but feel dismay at the current story line. I’ve found myself talking to Helen via the radio: get some help, …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Rising costs of divorce encourage couples to ‘nest’ together

Splitting couples are facing a further rise in the cost of divorce with a big increase in court fees, and many are facing up to …

Sharon Powell, Partner, Head of Family Solicitor ,

Sharon Powell

The PSC register and what it means for you

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. The aim of the act was to reduce red tape …

Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Danielle Collett-Bruce

Could divorces be moving online by 2017?

It seems that everything is becoming digital these days, from the emergence of online estate agents to the transfer of holiday bookings to the internet that has …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

What does the national living wage mean for employers?

As of April 1st, all employers in the UK will be required to pay their staff aged 25 or over what is more commonly known as the …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Anyone for tennis?

The High Court recently had to decide whether an easement (a legal right over property) can exist to use a tennis court, golf course or swimming pool.

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Don’t Get Your Feet Wet

Flooding has always been an issue but has been particularly severe since 2000. The cost of damage runs into the billions and with meteorologists predicting climate change …

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

The Dangers of Non Disclosure

It is well known that replies to enquiries must be accurate when given to avoid potential claims for misrepresentation. Greenridge Luton One Limited –v- Kempton Investments Limited …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

In Need of a Facelift!

Eligible projects in the Elmbridge area could qualify for a grant of up to 90% of the project costs. Individual businesses, business groups, trade associations, chambers of …

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

Divorce court fee hike

Hiking up court fees has been on the political agenda for a while despite lobby groups from across the profession trying to stop it. Quite by chance …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Arbitration

If you know anyone who has been through the court system to resolve a matrimonial problem, chances are, they’ve told you what a harrowing experience it can …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Companies countdown to new transparency regulations

Companies are on a countdown to comply with new regulations around transparency of ownership. As part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, unlisted UK …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Bosses receive frost alert to manage bad weather risks

Employers are on frost alert, following the news that a home care worker has won her claim for damages after slipping on ice and breaking her wrist …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Never Say Never

NHS “never” events are in the news again. The Independent has run an article this week which mentions that analysis by the Press Association has found …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Vote for our ‘Rising Star’!

It is with delight that we can announce that Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor in our Commercial & Corporate team has been nominated in the ‘Rising Stars’ …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Have you appointed your Facebook legacy contact?

Stephen K Amos is touring his new stand up comedy show which I saw last week at the Farnham Maltings. I recommend the show but don’t go …

Sue Macleod, Associate Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Sue Macleod

Employers face stricter controls on private internet monitoring

Recent news headlines have warned employees that social media chat and email conversations at work are open to being read by the boss, following a recent ruling …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Donors beware!

When your attorneys are not given authority to have sight of the Will or have no knowledge of its contents, it can create difficulties and upset after …

Isabel Hodgson, Legal Executive, Trusts & Estates Solicitor Cranleigh,

Isabel Hodgson

New Year resolution

Listening to the radio this morning and a spokes person for the Alzheimer’s Society talking about their new campaign ‘’Fix Dementia Care’’ I was reminded of the …

Sara McGrigor, Associate Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Sara McGrigor

How to deal with kids in a divorce

One of the sad facts of life is that breakdowns in relationships and divorces do happen. It can be a difficult thing to deal with for both …

James Ward, My Role here Solicitor Woking,

James Ward

Divorce down as pre nups rise

The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of the year, but …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

New AST Regulations Set to Bite Landlords, Again

The government’s assault on private landlords continues with the implementation of the snappily entitled Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015. Landlords are prohibited …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

The Art of Tenant Repair

Most leases contain repairing obligations for tenants in some form or another which are likely to extend to replacement of fixtures, fittings or parts of the property …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

Stamp Duty Land Tax on Second Homes

The 2015 Budget announced that as from April 2016, a surcharge of 3% on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in respect of purchases of “additional residential properties”, …

Celia Watts, Consultant, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Celia Watts

Supreme Court: Marks and Spencer £1.1m rent claim decision

Marks and Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited The eagerly awaited Supreme Court judgment in the dispute between M&S and BNP Paribas …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Land Registry Property Alert

A timely reminder on the very real threat of property fraud from an article in the Daily Mail at the weekend. This features Max Hastings and his …

Emma Moore, Partner, Residential Property Solicitor ,

Emma Moore

Gifts to charity in your will

As a supporter of Remember a Charity, we always encourage our clients to consider leaving money to charity in their wills. Many of us give …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Supporting Eagle Radio’s Christmas Toy Appeal

This year, we are delighted to be supporting Eagle Radio’s annual toy appeal, which benefits less fortunate children locally, by being official drop off …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

How can employers avoid the worst sort of hangover from the Christmas party?

‘Tis the season to be merry, so it’s time for the annual Christmas party; but for many employers it’s often more fraught than fun, as wherever and …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Landlords lose and whiplash gets cracked in Osborne’s autumn budget

Backtracking on the contentious cuts to Working Tax Credits caught the headlines when Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Budget statement, alongside a boost to building and …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Woking Partner raises money for Movember

Despite never having any desire to grow facial hair, Hart Brown’s Head of Residential Conveyancing and Partner, David Knapp, is taking part in …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

HART BROWN IS A LEGAL 500 RECOMMENDED LAW FIRM

Hart Brown is pleased to be recommended in The Legal 500 for 2015. The Legal 500 Series, …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

Hart Brown win Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Hart Brown has won the LawNet Mark of Excellence Award. The Mark of Excellence award was awarded to Hart Brown, for …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

LPA revoked because Attorney buys too many cakes!

Senior Judge Lush has revoked the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) of an elderly woman as her attorney had been spending £250 per month on Sausage rolls …

Kerry Hay, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Kerry Hay

The importance of writing a will

While many people will know the importance of having a will in place, there are still an alarming number of people nationwide who do not have one …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Family matters: Dealing with a breakdown

Family breakdowns can be the result of long periods of heartbreak, sadness and unhappiness, but it's important to remember that the difficult decision to break up a …

James Ward, My Role here Solicitor Woking,

James Ward

Fraud unravels all

Family lawyers will today be breathing a sigh of relief for their clients that the highest court in the land has today ruled that there is no …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Council pays the price for incorrect local search result

In the recent case of Chesterton Commercial (Oxon) Ltd v Oxfordshire County Council, the High Court held that a local authority (LA) was liable to a buyer …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Builders and Developers – VAT Zero Rating of Residential Property – Watch Out!

A developer thought that he had constructed a new dwelling and that the sale of it was a zero rated supply so that the input VAT incurred …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Residential Landlords’ Update

Residential landlords get some good news and bad news this month.  The good news is that the deadline for registering multi-let properties that have a common heating …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

Shopping on Sunday

At the moment, shops in England and Wales over 280 sq m can only open between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm, for a total of 6 …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

The dangers of ‘cheap’ wills

A woman is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after she lost out on her inheritance. Ebenezer Aregbesola had instructed Barclays bank to draft his …

Kerry Hay, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Kerry Hay

A weekend of showjumping

Hart Brown’s Emily Wiggins and her horse Basil returned to the showjumping circuit after a 4 month break recovering from an injury this weekend. Basil was extremely …

Emily Wiggins, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Emily Wiggins

Pro Bono Bonus

The government has recently said that lawyers need to do more pro bono work which most of us already do in one form or another. In a …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Can it be illegal to comply with the law of the land?

Sounds like a barmy question don’t you think? Well, if you wanted another example of how complicated modern life is becoming then one needs to go no …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Break clauses – partitions and vacant possession

A break clause in a lease may only be exercised if any conditions attached to it have been satisfied. The clause will be strictly construed by the …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

‘Just give us a simple overage agreement’.

It’s strange how some phrases can haunt you over the years and the request to produce a simple, straightforward overage agreement crops up repeatedly. Overage or ‘clawback’ …

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

Seller Beware

Following on from the article in the March edition regarding the dangers of non-disclosure http://www.hartbrown.co.uk/the-dangers-of-non-disclosure/, the idea of caveat emptor (buyer beware), with the buyer …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

ECHR McDonald V McDonald

Finally, Some Relief for Residential Landlords After a six year sojourn through the judicial system, the highest court in the land has finally confirmed that the eviction …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

Why should you make a will if you own property abroad?

If you own any assets abroad or are considering investing in a holiday property in a foreign country, it is important that you think about …

Seila Sanchez Lucas, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates  Solicitor ,

Seila Sanchez Lucas

Mr and Mrs Smith – the final instalment

The announcement of the sad breakdown of the relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has made headlines around the world. Whether global superstars or …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Keeping it in the family

“It’s a good idea for potential successors to gain career experience outside of the family business before joining – thus taking the ‘emotion out of …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Someone like you?

“Post Brexit, businesses are likely to need fresh thinking more than ever.” Familiarity could be said to breed content in the corporate world. So it’s …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Keeping hold of the real power in the name game

In the same week that fashion entrepreneur Karen Millen was told she could not use her own name in business, Specsavers were given the green light to …

Gregory Barton, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Gregory Barton

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Compensation for personal injury is a restorative remedy, the purpose of which is to put the injured party back in the position they were (as far as …

Emily Phelan, Paralegal, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Emily Phelan

Keeping the company cool when temperatures soar

The world is on track for the hottest year since records began according to NASA, and scorching temperatures look to set to return to the …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Misconduct will be punished

Few people would argue that generally speaking misconduct should be punished. In dispute cases claimants and defendants can act unreasonably and this can have serious punishing consequences.

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

The “Ground Rent Cap” in Leasehold Enfranchisement

The amount of ground rent payable in a long lease is one important part of valuing the premium to be paid for a lease extension under the …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Clamp down for employers who call a spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“the FTT”) introduces fees for enfranchisement matters

On 25th July 2016 Statutory Instrument No. 807 of 2016 came into force bringing about amendments to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013.

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Brexit: Probate Court Fees

For we private client lawyers, the appointment of a new Chancellor of the Exchequer always comes with a certain amount of nervousness. How will the new Chancellor …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Slow Train Coming

When in 2010 the then government passed the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act, which was intended to replace the 1930 statute of the same …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Hiding your Guilt behind a Fig Leaf?

Within the last week the Supreme Court has considered a Scottish case relating to the contents of Section 1 (1) of the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Mistakes that mean landlords lose right to break-up

Landlords looking to terminate a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle reached the …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Truth and Consequences

The speed with which politicians on both sides of the referendum debate have sought, since the result was announced, to distance themselves from what was …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

What does Brexit mean for UK employment law?

Summary: What will the UK’s Brexit vote mean for the future of the country’s employment law? When the UK went to the polls on June …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

“Breaking up is hard to do” A Brexit Divorce

I arrived in the office early on Friday morning. The main topic of conversation over the morning coffee was the dramatic decision of the referendum. I …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Right to Manage: Ingenious attempts by landlords to object to and delay a Right to Manage Claim

The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”), in theory at least, gives a majority of qualifying leaseholders a no fault based right to acquire …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

Options: Beware the illusory pot of gold

Developers are astute business people. When dealing with them it is wise to keep your wits about you. Here are some common transaction structures employed by developers …

John Guthrie, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

John Guthrie

The huff and puff of planning enforcement

The house built behind bales of straw and covered by tarpaulin at Salfords, near Reigate, to hide it from the council until the expiry of the four …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

The Hidden Cost of Energy

From 1 April 2018, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 will prohibit the letting of properties which do not meet the prescribed minimum energy performance standards.

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

Changes to permitted development rights

There were several changes to permitted development rights that came into force on 6 April 2016: • The existing temporary right to change a …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Access to Justice – Free to All provided you can afford the price of admission?

Prior to the most recent major hike in court fees over a year ago if your client had a claim worth in excess of £300,000.00 the fee …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Can literally anyone challenge a will?

As a recent Court of Appeal case decided the answer is ‘no,’ but perhaps the group of people who can challenge a will is wider than you …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Key factors to consider when launching your own business

The most important factors to consider when you are launching your own business. There’s rarely ever been a better time for people in the UK …

Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Danielle Collett-Bruce

Buy-to-let investment: Knowledge is the key to success

How working with a solicitor can give you the key to unlocking success when operating in the buy-to-let sector. For many years, property lagged behind more traditional …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Lifting the lid on tricky toilet problems

Customer toilet facilities have been causing a stink for take-aways and travel operators in recent weeks. First, it was take-away outlets with tables who found themselves falling …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

”Missing Landlords” For long leaseholders

What happens when you own a long lease of a flat but the landlord is “missing”? How can you buy the freehold or extend your …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

When talking the talk may mean walking the walk….

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses that require any changes to be made in writing and agreed …

Gregory Barton, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Gregory Barton

Justice for All?

“In a civil court case the claimant who succeeds against a defendant will receive, where appropriate, an award of compensation and the loser will pay …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

The devilish detail on inheritance tax

By inheritance specialist Emily Wiggins with Hart Brown Solicitors When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move …

Emily Wiggins, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Emily Wiggins

Hedonic Regression – an even worse deal for leaseholders

On 11th May 2016 the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UTLC) handed down its 80 page decision in Sloane Stanley Estate v. Munday (2016). The decision …

Emily Fitzpatrick, Partner, Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Solicitor ,

Emily Fitzpatrick

When is the best time to sell your home?

When you are selling your home, it’s important to have an expert on board to make sure the whole process runs smoothly and that you …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Why it’s important to get a lawyer involved early when a relationship breaks down

Breakdowns in a relationship between a previously happy couple can be testing, stressful and upsetting. No matter the reason for the break up, someone will …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Guests Enter at their Own Risk!

Perhaps the traditional “welcome mat” at your front door should be replaced with a mat stating “guests enter at their own risk”. Why you may ask? In …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

How companies get caught in the slave trade

The recent conviction of a UK business owner for a human trafficking offence has been a wake-up call to big businesses to carefully monitor their …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

#SFLD16

One of our partners in the Family department is heavily involved in preparations for the Surrey Resolution Family Law Day which takes place on 18th May 2016.

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Hillsborough Inquest Jury Verdict

At around 11 a.m. today, the Hillsborough inquest jury gave their answers to the remaining questions concerning the disaster at Hillsborough football ground in 1989 which led …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Children and The Exercise of Parental Responsibility

Two cases have caught my eye this week. Both involve the exercise of Parental Responsibility: one in connection with the choice of name for a child and …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Panama Papers fall-out will impact every business

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but the hacking of client files at Panamanian …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

How would Brexit affect hiring of EU workers for firms?

Brexit could have many consequences for British companies, when it comes to new employment regulations and the future of law in this country. However, it will also …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

The Archers

As a family lawyer I can’t help but feel dismay at the current story line. I’ve found myself talking to Helen via the radio: get some help, …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Rising costs of divorce encourage couples to ‘nest’ together

Splitting couples are facing a further rise in the cost of divorce with a big increase in court fees, and many are facing up to …

Sharon Powell, Partner, Head of Family Solicitor ,

Sharon Powell

The PSC register and what it means for you

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. The aim of the act was to reduce red tape …

Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate Solicitor ,

Danielle Collett-Bruce

Could divorces be moving online by 2017?

It seems that everything is becoming digital these days, from the emergence of online estate agents to the transfer of holiday bookings to the internet that has …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

What does the national living wage mean for employers?

As of April 1st, all employers in the UK will be required to pay their staff aged 25 or over what is more commonly known as the …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Anyone for tennis?

The High Court recently had to decide whether an easement (a legal right over property) can exist to use a tennis court, golf course or swimming pool.

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Don’t Get Your Feet Wet

Flooding has always been an issue but has been particularly severe since 2000. The cost of damage runs into the billions and with meteorologists predicting climate change …

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

The Dangers of Non Disclosure

It is well known that replies to enquiries must be accurate when given to avoid potential claims for misrepresentation. Greenridge Luton One Limited –v- Kempton Investments Limited …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

In Need of a Facelift!

Eligible projects in the Elmbridge area could qualify for a grant of up to 90% of the project costs. Individual businesses, business groups, trade associations, chambers of …

Tamzin Mandelli, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

Divorce court fee hike

Hiking up court fees has been on the political agenda for a while despite lobby groups from across the profession trying to stop it. Quite by chance …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Arbitration

If you know anyone who has been through the court system to resolve a matrimonial problem, chances are, they’ve told you what a harrowing experience it can …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Companies countdown to new transparency regulations

Companies are on a countdown to comply with new regulations around transparency of ownership. As part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, unlisted UK …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Bosses receive frost alert to manage bad weather risks

Employers are on frost alert, following the news that a home care worker has won her claim for damages after slipping on ice and breaking her wrist …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Never Say Never

NHS “never” events are in the news again. The Independent has run an article this week which mentions that analysis by the Press Association has found …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

Vote for our ‘Rising Star’!

It is with delight that we can announce that Danielle Collett-Bruce, Solicitor in our Commercial & Corporate team has been nominated in the ‘Rising Stars’ …

James Lamont, Partner, Head of Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

James Lamont

Have you appointed your Facebook legacy contact?

Stephen K Amos is touring his new stand up comedy show which I saw last week at the Farnham Maltings. I recommend the show but don’t go …

Sue Macleod, Associate Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Sue Macleod

Employers face stricter controls on private internet monitoring

Recent news headlines have warned employees that social media chat and email conversations at work are open to being read by the boss, following a recent ruling …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Donors beware!

When your attorneys are not given authority to have sight of the Will or have no knowledge of its contents, it can create difficulties and upset after …

Isabel Hodgson, Legal Executive, Trusts & Estates Solicitor Cranleigh,

Isabel Hodgson

New Year resolution

Listening to the radio this morning and a spokes person for the Alzheimer’s Society talking about their new campaign ‘’Fix Dementia Care’’ I was reminded of the …

Sara McGrigor, Associate Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Sara McGrigor

How to deal with kids in a divorce

One of the sad facts of life is that breakdowns in relationships and divorces do happen. It can be a difficult thing to deal with for both …

James Ward, My Role here Solicitor Woking,

James Ward

Divorce down as pre nups rise

The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of the year, but …

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

New AST Regulations Set to Bite Landlords, Again

The government’s assault on private landlords continues with the implementation of the snappily entitled Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015. Landlords are prohibited …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

The Art of Tenant Repair

Most leases contain repairing obligations for tenants in some form or another which are likely to extend to replacement of fixtures, fittings or parts of the property …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

Stamp Duty Land Tax on Second Homes

The 2015 Budget announced that as from April 2016, a surcharge of 3% on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in respect of purchases of “additional residential properties”, …

Celia Watts, Consultant, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Celia Watts

Supreme Court: Marks and Spencer £1.1m rent claim decision

Marks and Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited The eagerly awaited Supreme Court judgment in the dispute between M&S and BNP Paribas …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Land Registry Property Alert

A timely reminder on the very real threat of property fraud from an article in the Daily Mail at the weekend. This features Max Hastings and his …

Emma Moore, Partner, Residential Property Solicitor ,

Emma Moore

Gifts to charity in your will

As a supporter of Remember a Charity, we always encourage our clients to consider leaving money to charity in their wills. Many of us give …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Supporting Eagle Radio’s Christmas Toy Appeal

This year, we are delighted to be supporting Eagle Radio’s annual toy appeal, which benefits less fortunate children locally, by being official drop off …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

How can employers avoid the worst sort of hangover from the Christmas party?

‘Tis the season to be merry, so it’s time for the annual Christmas party; but for many employers it’s often more fraught than fun, as wherever and …

Jane Crosby, Associate, Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Jane Crosby

Landlords lose and whiplash gets cracked in Osborne’s autumn budget

Backtracking on the contentious cuts to Working Tax Credits caught the headlines when Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Budget statement, alongside a boost to building and …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

Woking Partner raises money for Movember

Despite never having any desire to grow facial hair, Hart Brown’s Head of Residential Conveyancing and Partner, David Knapp, is taking part in …

David Knapp, Partner, Head of Residential Property Solicitor ,

David Knapp

HART BROWN IS A LEGAL 500 RECOMMENDED LAW FIRM

Hart Brown is pleased to be recommended in The Legal 500 for 2015. The Legal 500 Series, …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

Hart Brown win Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Hart Brown has won the LawNet Mark of Excellence Award. The Mark of Excellence award was awarded to Hart Brown, for …

Nigel Maud, Partner, Commercial and Corporate Solicitor ,

Nigel Maud

LPA revoked because Attorney buys too many cakes!

Senior Judge Lush has revoked the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) of an elderly woman as her attorney had been spending £250 per month on Sausage rolls …

Kerry Hay, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Kerry Hay

The importance of writing a will

While many people will know the importance of having a will in place, there are still an alarming number of people nationwide who do not have one …

Alyson Coulson, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Alyson Coulson

Family matters: Dealing with a breakdown

Family breakdowns can be the result of long periods of heartbreak, sadness and unhappiness, but it's important to remember that the difficult decision to break up a …

James Ward, My Role here Solicitor Woking,

James Ward

Fraud unravels all

Family lawyers will today be breathing a sigh of relief for their clients that the highest court in the land has today ruled that there is no …

Julian Waldon, Associate Solicitor, Family Solicitor ,

Julian Waldon

Council pays the price for incorrect local search result

In the recent case of Chesterton Commercial (Oxon) Ltd v Oxfordshire County Council, the High Court held that a local authority (LA) was liable to a buyer …

Anne Bridger, Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Anne Bridger

Builders and Developers – VAT Zero Rating of Residential Property – Watch Out!

A developer thought that he had constructed a new dwelling and that the sale of it was a zero rated supply so that the input VAT incurred …

Roderick Campbell, Partner, Head of Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Roderick Campbell

Residential Landlords’ Update

Residential landlords get some good news and bad news this month.  The good news is that the deadline for registering multi-let properties that have a common heating …

Stephen Boyle, Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Stephen Boyle

Shopping on Sunday

At the moment, shops in England and Wales over 280 sq m can only open between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm, for a total of 6 …

Gaenor Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Gaenor Thomas

The dangers of ‘cheap’ wills

A woman is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after she lost out on her inheritance. Ebenezer Aregbesola had instructed Barclays bank to draft his …

Kerry Hay, Solicitor, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Kerry Hay

A weekend of showjumping

Hart Brown’s Emily Wiggins and her horse Basil returned to the showjumping circuit after a 4 month break recovering from an injury this weekend. Basil was extremely …

Emily Wiggins, Partner, Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Emily Wiggins

Pro Bono Bonus

The government has recently said that lawyers need to do more pro bono work which most of us already do in one form or another. In a …

Paul Grimwood, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Solicitor ,

Paul Grimwood

Can it be illegal to comply with the law of the land?

Sounds like a barmy question don’t you think? Well, if you wanted another example of how complicated modern life is becoming then one needs to go no …

Marek Bednarczyk, Partner, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor ,

Marek Bednarczyk

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