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NEC must extend culture and spirit to lawyers to end curse of the Z Clause

11 February 2016

In the NEC Users' Group Newsletter (No.75 November 2015), Rudi Klein – in his article, "Revisiting the curse of the Z clause" (page 2) – remarks that, "Unfortunately, through the 'loophole' of option Z, far too many NEC contracts are amended beyond recognition and fail to deliver as they should".

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Housing shortage is a construction industry skills crisis

18 January 2016

Headlines focus on the emotive issue of hard-working families being unable to afford their own homes, and the Government’s pledge to get Britain building.

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Cavendish win on penalties: Supreme Court makes finger-tip save of ageing doctrine

Published on 06 January 2016. By Ben Wilkins, Associate

The Supreme Court has provided long awaited clarification of the law on penalty clauses and liquidated damages, upholding the "penalty rule" but further limiting its utility in a commercial setting.

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Titan v Colliers – the price of everything and value of nothing

Published on 30 December 2015.

The Court of Appeal recently overturned the High Court's judgment in the case of Titan v Colliers.

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No returns for M&S following Supreme Court ruling

Published on 11 December 2015. By Sarah Blunn, Partner

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Marks and Spencer plc (M&S) v BNP Paribas Securities Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd (BNPP).

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Squatting: an own goal?

01 December 2015

In October 2015, a Manchester hotel undergoing extensive refurbishment works was occupied by squatters and housing activists.

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Tribunal criticizes HMRC’s refusal to allow retrospective VAT group application

Published on 27 November 2015. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

The First-tier Tribunal (in Copthorn Holdings Ltd v HMRC) has asked HMRC to reconsider its decision to refuse a taxpayer’s application for retrospective VAT group registration. This is the second time HMRC have been asked to “think again” on their decision.

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Office to residential development crusade continues

16 October 2015

As part of the Government's ongoing crusade to get homes built, the office to residential permitted development right, previously set to expire in May 2016, has been made permanent.

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MEES: The legal implications

Published on 02 September 2015. By David Johnston, Partner

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations (MEES) will implement legislation that could make the potential benefits of "being green" tangible.

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Service charge interpretation and the cautionary tale of Arnold v Britton

Published on 17 August 2015. By Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

In the recent case of Arnold v Britton[1], the Supreme Court considered the meaning of a service charge clause in a long lease which would result in the tenant paying service charges of over £550,000 per annum by 2072.

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