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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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Business Rates: Don't pull the Woolway over your eyes

13 August 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision on business rates had the RPC Real Estate team talking, and not just because it related to our second & sixth floor neighbours, Mazars.

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"That don’t distress me much …"

31 July 2015

George Osborne's pledge to tackle the housing crisis, if acted on, should see an increase in housebuilding.

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Summer Budget – property developments

Published on 14 July 2015. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week's "summer" Budget, the first by a (solely) Conservative government for nearly two decades, was full of surprises but contained relatively few specific property tax measures.

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Time limit for challenges to adjudication decisions clarified

01 July 2015

Adjudication is intended to be a quick and cost-effective means of resolving a dispute. However, in its first decision concerning adjudication, handed down on 17 June 2015, the Supreme Court has reached a finding that means parties to adjudication may face a very long delay to reach a final determination of the dispute between them. The decision, in the case of Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Limited v Higgins Construction plc, allows a respondent to adjudication to challenge the outcome any time up to six years after it makes payment to the successful referring party, thereby potentially rendering historic adjudication decisions vulnerable to further litigation.

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Play nicely, children

17 June 2015

Litigation is, by its very nature, an adversarial process. But as the court has made clear in the case of Simon Gotch & Susan Linda Gotch v Enelco Limited1, litigants should also co-operate, to ensure the swift and cost-effective resolution of their disputes.

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Forfeiture ... that's a relief

Published on 17 June 2015.

A landlord's right to forfeit for breach of covenant by the tenant is a useful remedy commonly found in leases.

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Getting to Level 2

03 June 2015

What insurers should look out for in BIM project management

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Flood Re: the impact of the scheme on surveyors and valuers

02 June 2015

The catastrophic impact that flooding can have on property owners has been seen all over the news for the past decade. In particular, 2012 saw some of the wettest weather for a century and left thousands of households struggling to find insurance cover for their properties.

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Beyond night and day: The importance of causation

27 May 2015

In order to succeed in a claim for professional negligence, a claimant must establish that the professional owed him a relevant duty of care, that they breached that duty and that the breach caused the loss he seeks to recover.

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