Ransom strips


The inspiration for this short post was a recent discussion with a colleague. The colleague no longer practices property law but did so some years ago. He had rarely come across a ransom strip situation whereas I have quite commonly. A ransom strip is a small piece of land, generally strategically retained when a larger READ MORE

Title deeds – how important are they?


You’re about to sell your property and can’t find that file of papers sent to you by the conveyancing lawyer when you bought – a swell of panic slowly rises and you start thinking you have a big problem. Well, in most cases, YOU CAN RELAX. Title deeds not generally important for legal ownership due READ MORE

Welcome to Kezia Daley


We are delighted to announce that Kezia Daley has joined the firm as an Associate Solicitor to head up our new Immigration Department. A full profile page and immigration content will be added to the site in the next week. In the meantime, below are some introductory comments from Kezia for our newsletter, also going READ MORE

Divorce Consent Orders – Important? Necessary?


The Supreme Court’s decision in Wyatt v Vince should serve as a reminder to divorcing couples that financial settlements should be finalised at the time of the divorce. Most clients, sensibly seek to resolve the financial aspect of the divorce through mediation or by negotiations, keeping court involvement and legal costs to a minimum. The READ MORE

Is no contract better than one you don’t understand?


Odd, to say the least, you may be thinking, for a commercial lawyer like me, who partially makes her living drafting and negotiating contracts, to pen a post with this title? Well, here’s why this is such a serious issue. In my experience, especially when working with clients who have a tight budget for legal READ MORE

Timing is everything with contract law


Well, not exactly – I am exaggerating of course. But, timing and issues of time are important in most contracts and an essential item to consider when drafting and negotiating. Time of the essence in contract? There are many statutes which apply to business where time stipulations make clear what each party’s rights and responsibilities READ MORE

Getting an injunction against an employee


Employment Law Injunctions What is an Injunction? An injunction is an Order from the Court which either prevents a party from doing something or forces a party to do something. An injunction is not easy to obtain and as it is an equitable remedy made at the Court’s discretion. An injunction will only be granted READ MORE

Litigation letter of claim – why is it so important?


Letter before action For both practical and legal reasons, a letter of claim, sometimes also known as a letter before action, is crucial before starting legal proceedings. Court proceedings, whether lawyers are instructed or otherwise, involve cost and risk. Court fees must be paid, which are increasingly expensive and if you start a claim and READ MORE

When is it legally valid to terminate a contract?


Unfortunately, like most legal matters, there are numerous things to consider. However, to give you a basic idea, you firstly need to consider whether the contract was actually breached. Contracts are for the most part written down, but they can develop over time according to the surrounding circumstances. Material breach of contract For you to READ MORE

Jose Mourinho, Eva Carneiro and Chelsea Football Club: Explained


It may seem unusual to the public that an individual (Jose Mourinho) has been named in proceedings against Chelsea Football Club (Chelsea) regarding the treatment of one of their employees. However, in the legal world, it is a common stance adopted in Employment claims involving an aspect of discrimination. Tactically, employees often name the individual READ MORE