Try mediation before litigation


The process of commercial mediation is often overlooked in a potential or actual litigation situation. There seem to be several reasons for this, firstly that in a litigation situation, matters, even in a business context, can become very personal very quickly, and positions become entrenched. Secondly, there appears to be a lack of understanding of READ MORE

Houses in multiple occupation – legal risks and tips


What is an HMO? House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a term of property law, which relates to rented property with shared facilities (such as kitchen, bathroom or toilet). It could be the case in: Houses split into bedsits Students in shared accommodation Shared houses of three or more tenants where each tenant has got READ MORE

New video tips from David Rosen


We think an excellent way to add interesting new content is via video – this also has the benefit of allowing you, the visitor, to get to know us in a way which mere words on a page never can. We hope this latest set of short videos from David Rosen and our marketing team READ MORE

Assignment of a contract


The concept of assignment applies to many types of contracts ranging from business contracts to property contracts and to personal legal issues such as life insurance policies also. Assignment is simply the legal term for transferring legal rights in a contract, but it is crucial to understand from the outset that it relates to rights READ MORE

Evicting a residential short lease tenant


Evicting a residential short lease tenant When a tenant reaches the end of their contractual term or when they fail to pay rent a landlord may wish them to leave the property. However, the process of eviction may not be as easy as it first seems. A problem arises in the fact that the tenants READ MORE

When Reputation Just Isn’t Enough – Establishing Goodwill in Passing Off Claims


The tort of “passing off” has long been an essential dimension for people to protect their intellectual property (“IP”) rights. Unlike the registration requirements for trade marks and design rights to bring any claim under those rights, the tort of passing off can be established in any claim provided the legal threshold is reached. The READ MORE

Absent freeholder – legal problems and solutions


Absent freeholders or landlords Although it has to be said there are some benefits to having an absentee freeholder when you are the leaseholder of a property, such as the quiet enjoyment of the property without the interference or even unreasonable demands of the landlord or the foregoing of hefty service charges, when it comes READ MORE